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Machete-Wielding Man Shot By Police After Attacking TSA Agent at New Orleans Airport

Machete-Wielding Man Shot By Police After Attacking TSA Agent at New Orleans Airport

A police officer shot a man armed with wasp spray and a machete who attacked a TSA agent Friday night at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, authorities said.

Police identified the man as taxi driver Richard White, 63, during a news conference. The 63-year-old cut a guard with a machete and sprayed bystanders with wasp spray before a responding officer shot him three times, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.

White was taken to the hospital, where he is currently unresponsive.

A bystander received a graze wound to the arm during the scramble to get out of the area and a few people received minor cuts from furniture, the sheriff said.

There was no information at this time of a connection between White and the airport, he said.

"We don't know if he was traveling. We're still piecing together witness interviews."

Video taken at the airport captured the chaotic scene. In one video, the TSA employee is seen on a stretcher. In another, an individual was sitting down after suffering an apparent leg injury.

Boston Globe journalist Farah Stockman was at the airport and tweeted out what she saw.

Calls from TheBlaze to law enforcement and airport security were not immediately returned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. This is a developing news story. Updates will be added.

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