The suspect was immediately controlled by the authorities.
A man brandishing a machete and a can of tear gas entered the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans on Friday night and attacked three agents, which was shot by an officer of the Administration Transportation Safety (TSA) as reported by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident caused panic at the airport, which closed for 20 minutes as well as a large police presence.
Elements of the FBI and local police rushed to the Louis Armstrong International Airport, where it was reported that the suspect had been identified as Richard White, a taxi driver.
On his Twitter account he said: “There was a security incident near the airport terminal B The place has been secured will disseminate more information as it becomes available…”
The TSA officer fired three shots, one of which grazed a person at the scene, while two others suffered minor injuries while trying to leave the area.
According to first reports the suspect was injured, so it has been moved to a hospital. It was also reported that a TSA officer suffered a cut on his arm.
A statement from the Transportation Security Administration said that at approximately 20:00 hrs security officer was assaulted in the public area of the terminal B. “The officer was taken to hospital with injuries that are not life threatening,” says the document.
Police said they are unaware of any connection between the suspect and another person at the airport, and did not believe he was a traveler.
Some flights were diverted to other terminals and operations continued normally, except for terminal B which remained closed for the investigation.