FBI: Man killed by police had planned to ‘go after … those boys in blue’

A photograph of Usaamah Rahim, killed by police on Tuesday, is seen in a 2007 Brookline High School Yearbook.
A photograph of Usaamah Rahim, killed by police on Tuesday, is seen in a 2007 Brookline High School Yearbook. –The Boston Globe/Jessica Rinaldi

With two hours left to live, Usaamah Abdulla Rahim had a change of plans.

Forget the idea to kill in another state, he told a relative, according to a federal criminal complaint filed today. He was going to do it right here, at home in Massachusetts.

“I’m just going to, ah, go after them, those boys in blue,’’ he said, according to the FBI.

But the same people Rahim planned to attack were watching him.

Boston police and FBI agents had been tracking Rahim around the clock. As the 26-year-old walked outside a Roslindale CVS on Tuesday, officers approached him.


There, police say, Rahim wielded a large knife. Told to drop his weapon, he refused.

“You drop yours,’’ he said.

Police fired three shots. Rahim died at the hospital.

David Wright —Facebook

Rahim’s relative, David Wright, 24, is being held on a charge of conspiracy, namely that he told Rahim to destroy his cellphone before acting on his plan to attack police officers. He was arrested at his home in Everett hours after Rahim was killed and was arraigned this afternoon in U.S. District Court.

According to Wright’s Facebook page, he is originally from Chelsea, and studied at Bunker Hill Community College.

The complaint filed in U.S. District Court today spells out Rahim’s last week:

Rahim, 26, was gathering the tools he’d need for what he called his “vacation.’’ Last week, he ordered two giantknives from Amazon and had them delivered to his Roslindale apartment.

In recorded phone calls, according to the FBI, Rahim and Wright talked about their plan to kill someone outside Massachusetts.

On Sunday, Wright and Rahim met with a third man, who wasn’t identified in the complaint, at a rainy Rhode Island beach. Wright later told agents that they talked about plans to behead a person in another state, though the complaint doesn’t say who or where.


But the same morning Rahim would die, he apparently changed his mind. At 5 a.m., he called Wright.

He couldn’t wait, he said. He wanted to start randomly killing police officers that same day.

That vacation, the FBI agent wrote, was what Rahim called his planned jihad.

Before he could do any of that, Boston police and FBI agents, the same people he planned to kill, stopped him.

Photos: Police-involved shooting at Roslindale CVS

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