A machete-wielding man was shot at New Orleans airport Friday night after attacking three TSA officials.
Richard White, 63, attacked two security officials with wasp spray then cut a guard with his machete at a security checkpoint in Louis Armstrong International Airport.
He slashed a female TSA officials, wounding her right arm. During the attack he was shot in the chest, the thigh and the face, before being taken to hospital.
The female TSA worker was also taken to hospital, but her injuries are not thought to be serious.
Police said White pulled the machete from his waistband and started swinging, when a TSA agent managed to block one of his strikes with a piece of luggage.
He then chased the female TSA agent who was eventually injured. But while he ran swinging at the woman, Lt Heather Slyve of the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s department fired at him.
She let off three rounds, which downed White, who was reportedly still alive Friday night.
Photographs from inside the terminal Friday showed White laying on the floor with a machete not far from him.
Another showed a woman in a TSA uniform being stretchered away.
Other images showed police flooding the area outside the terminal.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department said Friday night that there was no obvious connection between White and the airport.
A spokesman said: ‘We don’t know if he was traveling. We’re still piecing together witness interviews.’
At a news conference outside the airport, sheriff Newell Normand described the encounter in detail.
He said: ‘He walked down the TSA pre-line, encountered the TSA officer who was checking the boarding passes with the scanning machine to be scanned.
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