Wednesday, Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, was evacuated following the stabbing of a police officer which is being called a possible act of terror.
According to witness reports, an individual allegedly stabbed a police officer in the neck while yelling ‘Allahu Akbar,’ leaving the officer identified as Lieutenant Jeff Neville seriously wounded.
While details surrounding the attack are currently scarce, authorities have confirmed they are investigating this incident as a possible act of terrorism.
Witness Ken Brown stated to local media that he saw Lt. Neville on his ‘hands and knees’ bleeding profusely from the neck as he arrived at Bishop International to drop off his daughter, adding that the an individual he believed to be the suspect was in police custody.
As reported by NBC, the detained suspect is from Quebec and was traveling with a Canadian passport.
Via NBC News
Neville is a member of the airport’s Department of Public Safety and a retired Genesee County Sheriff’s Department lieutenant.
Michigan State Police initially tweeted that the officer was in critical condition. Just after 1 p.m., officials confirmed Neville was out of surgery and was upgraded to stable condition.
Authorities also said the FBI was leading the investigation and tweeted that the airport had been closed.
Bishop International’s Facebook page posted that travelers inside the airport had been safely evacuated.
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Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, tells 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.”
The FBI is the lead agency on the scene. State police troopers, along with ATF agents, are also at the airport investigating.
The airport remains closed until further notice.
In response to the stabbing, Flint police were stationed around the City Hall but the building remained open for business.
We will continue to update on this story as new details surface.