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Suspect in machete airport attack has died

2 years 7 months 18 hours ago Saturday, March 21 2015 Mar 21, 2015 March 21, 2015 4:29 PM March 21, 2015 in News
Source: WWL-TV
By: Caroline McDougall

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.

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