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Man armed with wasp spray and machete shot by police at airport

One passenger was injured with a graze on the arm during the incident.

aptopix Airport Shooting Dozens of police vehicles surround the entrance to New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport. Source: AP Photo/NOLA.com The Times-Picayune, Michael DeMocker, Nola.com

POLICE IN NEW Orelans shot a man three times at airport security last night after he attacked border agents with a machete and wasp spray, officials said.

The suspect, Richard White, struck one border agent with a machete, cutting her right arm, and targeted two other agents with the spray, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand told reporters.

A police officer shot White three times as he tried to run away, striking him in the chest, face and thigh.

Airport Shooting Source: AP Photos/Jonathan Bachman

Newell said White was in hospital where he remained unresponsive.

The three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents were attacked at the pre check-in line while screening boarding passes at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, sparking panic among travellers who scrambled as shots were fired.

One passenger was injured with a graze on the arm during the incident, while others sustained minor cuts.

It was not clear whether White was a passenger or what his motivation was, Normand said.

Richard White Source: AP Photos/Jonathan Bachman

“We have no information at the present time… of any connection between the perpetrator and anyone here at the airport,” he said.

We don’t know whether or not this individual was a member of the travelling public, we suspect not.

White had worked as a taxi driver, had recently received his chauffeur’s license and had “little or no criminal history,” according to Normand.

© – AFP 2015

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