UPDATE: Police have identified the man shot and killed at Port Columbus as Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed.
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A man was shot and killed yesterday at Port Columbus, after lunging at police officers while armed with a knife.
Earlier that day (around 12:45 p.m.), a man attempted to purchase a plan ticket with a woman’s ID. According to a release from the airport, “Airline personnel became suspicious, refused to sell him a ticket, and alerted Port Columbus police.” Around the same time, police where also looking into an SUV that had been parked illegally. And had called Jim Shriner, a tow-truck driver, to move the SUV.
The two reports came together when the man walked up to the SUV. He initially spoke to an officer, then took out a knife and lunged at the officer and attempted to stab him. The officer fired at the man, who dropped to the ground, but got back up and continued towards to officer. A backup officer responded and the man moved towards him, which caused the second officer to retreat backwards towards the terminal entrance where a third officer was. The third officer shot the man several times and killed him.
The officers approached the man to access his injuries and discovered multiple knives in his possession. They also discovered items that led them to contact the Columbus Fire Bomb Squad, who searched the man’s car and removed suspicious items from the scene.
No bystanders, or any of the officers were injured. The Columbus Division of Police Critical Incident Response Team is leading the investigation of the shooting and surveillance footage is being reviewed. (deb)
Previously, Jan. 7, 2015 (3:05 p.m.)
Man dead following officer-involved shooting at Port Columbus
UPDATE: Columbus Police shot and killed a man on Wednesday outside of the departure area at Port Columbus. A dispute between a tow truck driver and an unknown male resulted in authorities being called to the scene. This escalated to a confrontation between officers and the unknown male and police opened fire on the man. The airport was closed for a short time following the shooting but has since reopened.
Previously, Jan. 7, 2015 (1:45 p.m.)
Shooting at Port Columbus
Columbus Police have shot and killed a man at Port Columbus. The incident occurred outside in the departure area. No other injuries or fatalities have been reported. For the time being, the 2nd floor departure area of Port Columbus is closed, though flights are continuing to operate as scheduled More information to follow. (jj)