Update: Man Who Attacked TSA at New Orleans Airport Has Died
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Richard White, 63, the man who assaulted TSA agents Friday night at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans with wasp spray, and a machete, then was shot three times by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff, has died of his wounds, NBC News reported.
On Saturday, while the suspect was still unconscious in the hospital, officials revealed that they believed White was mentally ill. They also said he had brought six Molotov cocktails, a barbecue lighter, and smoke bombs into the airport. In his car, they found more smoke bombs inside his car as well, along with tanks of acetylene, Freon and oxygen.
"His family has been very cooperative," said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand. "We have been able to determine that there is a mental illness component that is present."
The trigger for the attack is not yet known, but White was a Jehovah's Witness, and had refused certain types of medical care, according to the sheriff.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu felt the TSA and law enforcement handled the situation well.
"This was an unexpected attack by a clearly troubled and disturbed individual," he said. "Obviously, we are going to learn from this incident."
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement on Twitter, that the officers on scene, “appeared to have prevented the assailant from inflicting more harm.” He added, “the security of our aviation system and more than 440 airports across the country is a team effort, and we saw the value of that last night.”
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