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Canadian man charged with stabbing Bishop International Airport police officer

Posted: 10:06 AM, Jun 21, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-22 00:49:30Z
Bishop Airport evacuated after officer stabbed
Bishop Airport evacuated after officer stabbed
Bishop Airport evacuated after officer stabbed
Bishop Airport evacuated after officer stabbed

6:04 p.m.

7 Action News has obtained the criminal complaint filed against Amor Ftouhi.

Ftouhi Complaint by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd

5:28 p.m.

Federal officials have charged a 49-year-old man from Quebec, Canada with committing an act of violence in what is being called a terrorism attack at Bishop International Airport in Flint.

See the latest press conference by law enforcement officials below:

He has been identified as Amor M. Ftouhi. Officials say he entered in to the United State on June 16 in Lake Champlain in New York.

Ftouhi is charged with walking up to  Lt. Jeff Neville, who was in full uniform, stabbing him in the neck. Officials say he referenced the killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and yelled "Allahu Akbar."

He is due in federal court on Wednesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the charges.

4:18 p.m.

Bishop International Airport has reopened to traffic. However, you should check with your airline for the status of your particular flight.

2:22 p.m.

The FBI has released the following statement about the incident at Bishop International Airport:

This morning, law enforcement officers from a number of organizations including the FBI’s office in Flint, Mich., responded to Flint’s Bishop International Airport after receiving the report of a stabbing of an airport police officer who is presently considered to be in stable condition.

The suspect was taken into custody at the airport and is currently being questioned by law enforcement officers.

The FBI, with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners, is jointly investigating this incident to determine the nature and motive for the attack.  We are aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer, but it is too early to determine the nature of these alleged statements or whether or not this was an act of terrorism.

Based on the information that we have at this time, we believe this to be an isolated incident. We currently have no specific, credible information that there is a threat to the Flint community.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the FBI’s Detroit Field Office at 313-965-2323 or at tips.fbi.gov

1:43 p.m.

The officer who was stabbed at the airport is in stable condition at this time.

Bishop International Airport released the following statement on their Facebook page:

Update: The stabbing incident at the airport remains under FBI led investigation. Local, state, and federal agencies are on scene.

The airport remains closed until further notice.

The police officer assaulted is in stable condition.

The suspect is in custody and is currently being questioned.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates including when the airport will reopen.

1:41 p.m.

A suspect is now in custody following the attack at the Flint airport. 

1:26 p.m.

Michigan State Police has identified the victim as Lt. Jeff Neville, an airport officer retired from the Genesee County Sheriff's Office. 

1:24 p.m.

According to sources , officials are investigating the stabbing as a possible act of terrorism. 

11:35 a.m.

Officials are expected to email a statement shortly.

10:39 a.m.

Emergency crews are on the scene at Bishop International Airport after reports that an officer was stabbed at the airport.

A witness tells 7 Action News the officer was stabbed in the neck. 

The officer is in critical condition, according to Michigan State Police. The airport is now closed.

All passengers are reportedly safe and have been evacuated.

The airport advises checking with your airline on potential flight cancelations or delays.