Police Officer Stabbed in Neck at Michigan Airport by Suspect Who Yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Possible Act of Terrorism
David Borof, New York Daily News, June 21, 2017
A police officer was stabbed in the neck on Wednesday at a Michigan airport by a Canadian-born suspect who yelled “Allahu Akbar” in a possible act of terrorism.
Authorities say the officer, identified by local news outlets as Lt. Jeff Neville, is in stable condition.
A witness told the Flint Journal he was dropping off his daughter at Bishop International Airport when he saw the injured officer.
“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Ken Brown told the newspaper. “I said they need to get him a towel.”
Brown said he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground at the Flint airport.
A law enforcement official said authorities were investigating reports that the suspect said “Allahu Akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
The FBI said in a statement that “it is too early” to determine whether or not it was an act of terrorism. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said “everything is on the table” regarding motive but cautioned against jumping to conclusions.
The suspect is from Quebec and has a Canadian passport, law enforcement officials told NBC News.