Official: FBI Looking At Terrorism in Flint Airport Stabbing
Flint, Mich. (AP)– The FBI is taking a look at terrorism as a possible motive after an officer was stabbed in the neck at the Flint airport, a law enforcement official said after the Wednesday attack that prompted an evacuation and boosted security somewhere else in the Michigan city.A 2nd law enforcement official stated authorities were examining witness reports that the suspect made declarations during the incident at Bishop International Airport, including saying “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is excellent.” Both officials spoke on the condition of privacy because they weren’t able to openly talk about the event. White Home press secretary Sean Spicer stated President Donald Trump was informed on the stabbing.The condition
of the officer who was stabbed, airport authorities Lt. Jeff Neville, was updated from important to steady by Wednesday afternoon, Michigan State Cops Lt. Mike Shaw stated. Shaw said a single person remains in custody and no one else is thought to have actually been involved.Shaw stated”everything is on the table”as far as intention is worried but warned against leaping to conclusions. The FBI is leading the examination. The mainly regional airport, which had actually been evacuated, is”closed down and secure, “Shaw stated, and no other risks had been identified.In an official statement, the FBI said it understands the reports that an attacker made statements throughout the stabbing, however included that it’s prematurely to determine their nature or whether the occurrence was an act of terrorism.Witnesses described seeing the suspect led away in handcuffs by authorities, Neville bleeding and a knife on the ground.”The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,”Ken Brown told The Flint Journal.
“I stated they have to get him a towel.”Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her brand-new grandchild, told Flint TV station WJRT she saw
the aggressor being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, simply totally blank.” Flint authorities said they stationed law enforcement officer around Town hall after the event a couple of miles away. Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release Wednesday “the circumstance is under control”but officials sought to take” extra precautions. “Flint has to do with 50 miles northwest of Detroit.Karoub reported from Detroit. Associated Press authors Sadie Gurman in Phoenix, Arizona, and Kenneth Thomas in Washington added to this story.