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Airport evacuated in US after police officer stabbed in the neck

A witness said he saw the officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby at the airport in Flint, Michigan.

Officers gather at the terminal in Bishop International Airport.
Officers gather at the terminal in Bishop International Airport.
Image: Dominic Adams/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP

OFFICIALS HAVE EVACUATED an airport in Flint, Michigan, where a witness said he saw an officer bleeding from his neck and a knife nearby on the ground.

On Twitter, Michigan State Police say the officer is in critical condition and the FBI was leading the investigation.

Local media has identified the officer as Lieutenant Jeff Neville. It is believed that one suspect is in custody.

Bishop International Airport posted on Facebook that passengers were safe and were being told to check for flight delays or cancellations.

Source: Bishop International Airport/Facebook

Ken Brown told The Flint Journal he was dropping off his daughter at the airport and saw the officer bleeding from his neck. He says he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground.

“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Brown said. “I said they need to get him a towel.”

Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, tells Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.”

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement: ““Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning.

I want the public to know that several agencies are involved and working to ensure the situation is under control. However, at this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safe

Airport and police officials didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Flint is about 50 miles northwest of Detroit.

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