KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities says the machete-wielding man who was shot at New Orleans’ international airport after trying to attack security agents was carrying explosives at the time.
Sheriff Newell Normand says suspect Richard White, who was shot by a security agent at the airport late Friday, was carrying a bag loaded with six Molotov cocktails. Material determined to have come from smoke bombs was also found.
Normand says White is hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
The sheriff suggested that the suspect has had “mental health” issues. His family has been cooperating with the investigation.
White, 63, entered the airport and went through the TSA line where boarding passes are checked when he was confronted by one of the guards, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told a news conference outside the airport.
White responded by spraying the guard with wasp spray, then struck a female officer with a machete, cutting her right arm, Normand said. White sprayed the male officer again before a third officer shot him, striking him in the left chest, left thigh and left facial area, the sheriff said.
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Normand said White was transferred to an area hospital but was “unresponsive” and in critical condition.
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