UPDATE (6-22 4:45p.m.) The FBI says a Canadian man from Tunisia may have chosen to attack a police officer in Flint, Michigan, simply because it has an international airport.
David Gelios, head of the FBI in Detroit, says investigators have found no personal connection between Amor Ftouhi and Flint or Michigan. But Flint’s airport is called Bishop International Airport.
Gelios says Ftouhi “did want to identify an international airport.”
The 49-year-old from Montreal is charged with stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville in the neck Wednesday. The officer is recovering.
The FBI is investigating the attack as a possible act of terrorism but Gelios says the agency has “no information” that the attack was part of a wider terrorism plot.
UPDATE (6-22 1:03p.m.) The officer stabbed is said to be in good condition.
UPDATE (5:56 p.m.) Officials at a late afternoon press conference say the officer who was stabbed is “doing fine” and “resting comfortably.” They also say he’ll make a full recovery.
UPDATE (5:35 p.m.) – A Canadian man has been charged with stabbing an airport officer in the neck in Flint, Michigan.
Federal prosecutors announced the charge Wednesday against Amor Ftouhi of Quebec. He’s charged with committing violence at an airport.
The criminal complaint says Ftouhi stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville with a large knife and declared “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
The FBI says Ftouhi said something similar to “you have killed people in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die.” Neville was stabbed in the neck and is in stable condition.
UPDATE (3:04 p.m.) – Senior law enforcement officials say the Canadian in custody for today’s stabbing at Bishop International Airport in Flint, MI came from New York renting a vehicle he drove to Michigan.
UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) – Michigan State Police Lt. Dave Kaiser confirms the stabbing victim is Jeff Neville, employed by Bishop Airport Public Safety.
He is a retired lieutenant with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and is listed in stable condition at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.
UPDATE (11:40 a.m.) – Bishop International Airport posted Wednesday on Facebook that the officer was hurt but offered no details about the incident. The post added that passengers were safe and were being told to check for flight delays or cancellations.
Ken Brown tells The Flint Journal he was dropping off his daughter at the airport and saw the officer bleeding from his neck. He says he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground.
A witness says a man led away in handcuffs by police after an officer was critically hurt at a Flint, Michigan, airport had a husky build and a ‘blank’ look on his face.
Cherie Carpenter tells Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker’s face Wednesday morning at Bishop International Airport. She was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild.
Carpenter described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.”
She and another witness say they saw the airport officer bleeding from his neck. Authorities say the officer is in critical condition.
FLINT, Mich (WLNS) – There has been an attack on a police officer at Bishop International Airport in Flint.
According to WNEM-TV 5’s Facebook page all passengers are safe and the terminal is being evacuated.
A suspect is reportedly in custody. It is not know what led to the stabbing.
This is a developing story and will be updated online and on 6 News.