FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A law enforcement official says the FBI is looking at terrorism as a possible motive in the stabbing of an officer at the Flint, Michigan, airport.
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said the officer stabbed Wednesday morning is Lt. Jeff Neville with the Bishop International Airport police. Shaw says Neville’s condition has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.
A second law enforcement official says authorities were investigating witness reports the suspect made during the incident, including saying “Allahu akbar,” the Arabic phrase for “God is great.”
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw says one person is in custody and nobody else is believed to have been involved.
Shaw says “everything is on the table” as far as motive is concerned, but cautioned against jumping to conclusions.
Witnesses described seeing a man led away in handcuffs by police, Neville bleeding from his neck and knife on the ground.
Cherie Carpenter told Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker’s face. Carpenter described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.” She was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild.
Flint officials say they have stationed police officers around City Hall out of caution after the officer was attacked.
Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release Wednesday “the situation is under control” but officials sought to take “extra precautions” in light of the Wednesday morning incident at Bishop International Airport. The municipal building remains open.
The FBI is leading the investigation.
Neville had retired from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department as a lieutenant.
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