Machete Attack Suspect Gunned Down at MSY
Richard White, suspect in the machete attack in New Orleans, was shot dead at the Louis Armstrong International Airport Saturday evening.
Deputy Lt. Heather Slyve of the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s department had shot White thrice; in the chest, the thigh and the face. Subsequently, White was taken to the hospital Friday evening, where after a day he succumbed to injuries and was pronounced dead, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said White was carrying with him a bag of six gasoline-filled Molotov cocktails and a barbecue lighter. Also found in his car were tanks of acetylene, freon and oxygen.
According to USA Today, police said White brandished a can of wasp killer when he arrived at an airport security checkpoint Friday evening and started attacking the mass of people, consisting primarily of agents and passengers, standing in the line.
He then took out a machete from the waistband of his pants and, after being blocked by a TSA agent, ran past the metal detector and began pursuing agent Caroll Richel.
This act caused Deputy Lt. Heather Slyve to draw out her weapon. With White still swinging his machete and not subsiding, Slyve shot White thrice.
Daily Mail reported Richel hailing Lt. Slyve as her “hero,” saying, “She saved my life.
“The man was within inches of whacking me with the machete and she did save my life, and saved probably a lot of others.”
Lt. Slyve’s shots also hit Richel. However, she admitted such situations were “second nature.”
She explained, “We want to make sure the passengers are safe, so we tell them ‘run, run, you’ve got to get out of here, run.’ And with that, we know they’re leaving,” according to CNN.
White, who lived two miles from the airport, didn’t seem to be getting on a plane.
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