As investigators work to piece together the stabbing attack at Flint airport this morning, some scary details are starting to emerge from the attack.
Just before 10 A.M. local time, a police officer working at the airport was stabbed in the neck. Although the wounds weren’t fatal, the officer was transported to the hospital in critical condition. His status has since improved to “stable.”
Shortly after the attack, agents from the FBI arrived on the scene to lead the investigation. Once there, it didn’t take long for the FBI to make a huge announcement.
From the Chicago Sun Times:
A police officer was stabbed in the neck at the Flint airport by a man with a knife Wednesday in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism.
The attack just before 10 a.m. at Bishop International Airport prompted an evacuation and extra security elsewhere in the city, and a law enforcement official said the FBI is looking at terrorism as a possible motive. A second law enforcement official said authorities are investigating witness reports that the suspect made statements during the stabbing, including saying “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t able to publicly discuss the incident. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump was briefed on the stabbing.
Witnesses at the scene described the harrowing ordeal:
“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told The Flint Journal. “I said they need to get him a towel.”
Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, told 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.”
So far, little is known about the attacker. However, multiple outlets are reporting that the attacker was a Canadian passport holder from Quebec.
So far, there hasn’t been any indication of whether the attacker was affiliated with any terrorist network.
More details as they become available…
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]