MI airport evacuated after police officer injured
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 9:13
Prosecutors said before starting the attack, Ftouhi shouted an Arabic phrase meaning "God is great".
"This morning, law enforcement officers from a number of organizations, including the FBI's office in Flint, Michigan, responded to Flint's Bishop International Airport after receiving the report of a stabbing of an airport police officer who is presently considered to be in stable condition", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
- Wednesday at 8:52 a.m.: Ftouhi enters the first level of Bishop International Airport carrying two bags - a red duffle and a dark satchel.
The FBI said it believed the attack was an "isolated incident" and is investigating whether it was an act of terrorism. They identified him as Amor Ftouhi of Quebec.
Ftouhi appeared in a USA federal court Wednesday and heard the charge against him.
"He further exclaimed something similar to, 'you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die, '" FBI Special Agent Thomas M. Sondgeroth said in an affidavit. He says Neville retired as a lieutenant. "The suspect was taken into custody at the airport and is now being questioned by law enforcement officers".
USA law enforcement officials are working with Canadian authorities to learn more about the ties the suspect has to Canada, according to a law enforcement source. From there he made his way to Flint, MLive reported, though it was not clear why he came to Flint.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert briefed Trump on Wednesday regarding the stabbing.
Ftouhi, who is approximately 50 years old, legally entered the U.S.at Champlain, New York, on June 16 and made his way to Bishop International Airport in Flint on Wednesday morning, Gelios said.
Witnesses described seeing the suspect led away in handcuffs by police, Lt Neville bleeding and a knife on the ground.
Police have taken a "person of interest" into custody, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement.
Ken Brown tells The Flint Journal he was dropping off his daughter at the airport and saw the officer bleeding from his neck. Rick Snyder asked state residents to "keep the attacked officer in your thoughts and prayers".
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement he was "proud of the swift response" by authorities from both nations.
Carpenter described the man in custody as appearing "blank, just totally blank".