Machete-wielding man shot at airport dies, more weapons found

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KENNER, La. (AP) — Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says a man who used wasp spray and a machete to try to attack TSA employees and passengers at the New Orleans airport has a history of mental health issues.

Richard White, 63, died in a hospital Saturday afternoon. He was shot three times by one of Normand's officers Friday after approaching a security checkpoint, spraying insecticide and swinging a machete. Normand said White chased a TSA agent when the sheriff's lieutenant fired.

That TSA agent was hit in the arm by a bullet fired at White, but her injuries are not life-threatening.

"Fortunately, he didn't seriously injure anybody," Normand said at a news conference Saturday at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Normand said the situation could've been much worse. "You know, sometimes, the saying: You'd rather be lucky than good. I think we were both last night to the nth degree," Normand said Saturday.

Police say White was also carrying Molotov cocktails and had smoke bombs in his car along with other potentially dangerous materials.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says a review of security procedures will follow, adding that such is standard after any emergency.


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