December 07, 2005

Air Marshal Shoots Passenger in Miami

Breaking news that a federal Air Marshal has shot a passenger disembarking in Miami from a flight from Columbia. Hat tip to several people, including Tim at Opinion Bug and Ron. More below. UPDATE: Tim at Opinion Bug is following story closely here. Reports suspect is DEAD. Check his site for updates. Update II: Malkin also following closely.

AP:A passenger who claimed to have a bomb in a carry-on bag was shot by a federal air marshal Wednesday on a jetway connected to an American Airlines plane that had arrived from Colombia, officials said.

The passenger's condition was not immediately disclosed. A witness said the man frantically ran down the aisle and a woman with him said he was mentally ill.

Homeland Security Department spokesman Brian Doyle said after the plane had parked at the gate, a passenger indicated there was a bomb in the bag. The passenger was confronted by air marshals but ran off the plane, Doyle said.

A team of air marshals pursued and ordered the passenger to get on the ground. The passenger did not comply and was shot when apparently reaching into the bag, Doyle said.

Passenger Mary Gardner told WTVJ in Miami that the man ran down the aisle from the rear of the plane. "He was frantic, his arms flailing in the air," she said. She said a woman followed, shouting, "My husband! My husband!"

Gardner said she heard the woman say her husband was bipolar and had not had his medication.While sad that a man got shot, I'm glad to know that the TSA and Air Marshals are willing to use lethal force when necessary. This ought to serve as a warning to would-be hijackers that they are not fooling around.

Others: Counteterrorism Blog and LGF

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:54 PM | Comments |