Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed, a 41 year old Muslim man from Ohio, armed with knives, tried to buy a ticket at the Ohio airport.
Members of the bomb squad check a parked SUV at Port Columbus Airport after police shot a man who attacked them with a knife. CHRIS RUSSELL/AP
Abdul-Rasheed had parked illegally outside the ticket terminal and was trying to buy a ticket using a woman’s fake ID. When he was refused the ticket, he left the terminal.
Airport police called a tow truck to remove the illegally parked vehicle from the departure lane just before 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2015 when Abdul-Rasheed returned. When police began to ask him questions, Abdul-Rasheed attacked one of the officers who in turn, shot and killed Abdul-Rasheed .
“The man initially spoke with the officer then suddenly produced a knife and lunged at the officer, attempting to stab him,” the Port Columbus International Airport said in a statement. “The officer fired at the suspect, who momentarily dropped to the ground and then got back up and continued advancing towards the officer. A backup officer responded at which point the suspect quickly moved towards him with the knife forcing the officer to retreat backwards towards the terminal entrance where a third officer was positioned. The third officer shot multiple times, striking the suspect, ending the attack.”
When police searched Abdul-Rasheed’s body, they discovered “additional knives.” Police called in a bomb squad to investigate the car and a search turned up “suspicious items,” officials said.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video, police said. The shooting remains under investigation.