Man shot in US airport had record of psychiatric illness


WASHINGTON: A 41-year-old man fatally shot by officers at the airport in the Ohio city of Columbus had a record of psychiatric illness, local media reported Thursday.

Local resident Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed was attempting to buy a ticket at Port Columbus airport with a woman’s ID on Wednesday when airline personnel alerted police.

When officers from the Columbus Regional Airport Authority responded, he pulled a knife and attempted to stab them, prompting multiple gunshots which felled the suspect.

More knives were found on his body, while a search of his vehicle by bomb disposal experts turned up “suspicious items,” the Columbus Regional Airport Authority said in a statement.

The Columbus Dispatch newspaper said Abdul-Rasheed spent nearly a dozen years under court supervision after he was found not guilty of attempted murder in 2000 by reason of insanity.

He had previously been convicted of assault, and given a suspended sentence of five to 10 years, in connection with a 1995 stabbing incident.



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