Wednesday, June 21, 2017

News Alert: Officer stabbed in neck Bishop Airport in Flint Wednesday morning. Flint City Hall on lock down.

Updated Wednesday June 21, 2017,  6:20 PM.

WJRT ABC 12 News station in Flint is reporting that an officer has been stabbed in the neck at Bishop Airport in Flint. Officials have stated that a police officer was stabbed in the neck around 9 AM Wednesday, morning June 21. According to WJRT Channel 12 News Flint, Bishop Airport has been evacuated and is now closed as of 12:32 Wednesday afternoon.

Sources have stated to WJRT Flint that Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who retired from the Genesse County Sheriff's Office, has been stabbed in the neck. Neville is currently listed in stable condition. Sources tell WJRT News that Neville was attacked from behind while stationed near the escalators by an individual with a large knife.

According to Channel 12 News Flint, the western side of Bishop Airport is lined with police and emergency vehicles. The police and law enforcement vehicles are backed up from Bristol to Torrey Road in Flint near the airport.

According to airport officials all of the passengers are safe, although sources tell WJRT that there were 100 people at one point who were standing on the sidewalk in front of the terminal.

As of 12:32 PM Wednesday, Flint City Hall and the Flint Police Dept are on lock down for precautionary reasons according to WJRT.

This is a developing story. Please stay tuned for updates.

As of 2:34 PM Wednesday Bishop International Airport in Flint has issued an update:

According to Bishop Airport, " The stabbing incident at the airport remains under FBI led investigation. Local, state and federal agencies are on the scene. The airport remains closed until further notice. The police officer is in stable condition. The suspect is in custody and is currently being questioned.

 According to WJRT the stabbing is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

UPDATE: Wednesday June 21, 2017, 6:20: At approximately 5:30 PM Wednesday June 21, 2017 the FBI held a press conference at Flint Bishop International Airport. According to FBI Special Agent in charge David Gelios, the FBI is running the investigation. The stabbing is being investigated as an act of terrorism. Gelios stated that the attacker is a 50 year old Canadian citizen named Amor Fatouhi who entered the United State through Up State New York on June 16, 2017.

According to Gelios, the attacker used a 12 inch knife with an 8 inch serrated blade. According to wittinesses during the attack Ftouhi yelled Allahu Akbar and then said, "You have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan."

Special Agent Gelios stated that Ftouhi entered the airport in a public non-secure area and entered an airport restaurant just prior to the attack. Ftouhi did not go through a screening area.

Officer Neville is in a Flint hospital in stable condition and did require surgery.

Jeff Brown
Editor & Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.

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