A man armed with a machete and wasp spray attacked TSA agents Friday before being shot three times by a sheriff’s deputy, authorities said. Authorities said the man has a history of mental illness and his motives are unclear. He died Saturday from his injuries.
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“He was pronounced dead at 4:02 p.m.,” Col. John Fortunato of the Parish Sheriff's Department said.
But what his motive was when he slashed one TSA agent, and sprayed others with wasp spray, remained unclear, Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said during a news conference Saturday.
White, 63, was also carrying a bag before violence erupted at Concourse B of the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the Associated Press reported.
Inside, Normand said authorities found six mason jars filled with gasoline and cloth wicks, a barbecue lighter, a plastic letter opener, crushed powder, and green fuses.
“We don’t really know what his intent was about anything, until we have an opportunity to talk to him,” Normand told reporters.