A police officer was stabbed in the neck on Wednesday at a Michigan airport by a Canadian-born suspect who yelled “Allahu Akbar” while stabbing a police officer.
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.”
Authorities say the officer, identified by local news outlets as Lt. Jeff Neville, is in critical condition.
Brown said he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground at the Flint airport.
Witnesses describe seeing a man led away in handcuffs by police. The terminal was evacuated at approximately 9:40 a.m., according to the Journal.
“All passengers are safe and are being evacuated at this time,” the airport said in a statement on Facebook. “Please check with your airline for potential cancellations or delays.”
At least 20 police vehicles from several agencies responded to the incident, according to the newspaper. The FBI is leading the investigation into the stabbing.
Flint officials have stationed police officers around City Hall out of caution following the attack a few miles away.
Mayor Karen Weaver said “the situation is under control” but officials sought to take “extra precautions.” The municipal building remains open.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to service and protect us each and every day,” the mayor said in a statement, according to Click on Detroit.