Suspect in machete airport attack has died
NEW ORLEANS - The man suspected of attacking TSA agents in a security line at Armstrong International Airport with a machete has died Saturday evening.
Richard White, 63, was shot three times by a Jefferson Parish deputy after White allegedly pushed through security into Concourse B, spraying agents with wasp spray and then swinging a machete he drew from his pants.
Officials are still investigating the motive of the attack that had crowds of travelers in a state of chaos Friday night.
Investigators learned Sunday that White was carrying a bag full of six Molotov cocktails at the time of the attack. Sheriff Newell Normand also said a bomb squad found oxygen tanks and smoke bombs in his car parked in the airport garage.
The sheriff's department also added that White's family confirmed to investigators that White had a mental illness.
Airport officials say they continued regular travel procedures the morning after the incident.