H/T Joni M
UPDATE: While authorities are stopping short of calling it a terrorist attack, we know that the assailant was shouting “Allahu Akbar” when he stabbed Lieutenant Jeff Neville ….
The FBI is investigating the stabbing of a police officer at a Flint, Michigan airport as a “possible” act of terrorism, reports Breaking 911.
The officer, identified as Lt. Jeff Neville, is in critical condition after being stabbed in the neck at Bishop International Airport.
The Canadian-born suspect was shouting “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, witnesses said. The unnamed male suspect was taken into custody alive.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said: “Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning. My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to service and protect us each and every day. 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.”
The airport was evacuated and security was stepped up across the city.
The FBI is leading the investigation.
A Flint, Michigan police officer has been stabbed in the neck at Bishop International Airport. We will update this story as details become available.
As reported by CBS, a police officer was in critical condition after being stabbed Wednesday morning at the international airport in Flint, Michigan, authorities said.
A government source told CBS News that an airport police officer was stabbed in the back and neck in the public part of the main terminal at Bishop International Airport. A suspect was in custody, the source said.
The Michigan State Police said the officer was in critical condition.
“Please keep the officer in your prayers,” state police said on Twitter.
The MSP is on scene at Bishop Airport. The officer is in critical condition Please keep the officer in your prayers. The airport is closed pic.twitter.com/QKjaprVObw
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) June 21, 2017
The police said the FBI was the lead agency investigating the incident. The government source told CBS News authorities were sweeping the airport with canine teams.
The airport posted on Facebook that the airport was evacuated. The post added that passengers were safe and were being told to check for flight delays or cancellations.
The state police said that the airport was closed.
Ken Brown tells 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.”
CBS Saginaw affiliate WNEM-TV reports that the police chief has stationed officers around Flint City Hall until further notice.
“At this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safe,” Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement.