Machete-swinging man, who sprayed agents with wasp killer and was shot at New Orleans airport, has died

March 22, 2015 in News, The Buzz

Officers guard the entrance to concourse A and B at the New Orleans International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Kenner, La. Richard White sprayed a TSA agent in the face with wasp killer then slashed a second guard with a machete before a third agent shot him three times at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport Friday. (AP Photos/Jonathan Bachman)

Officers guard the entrance to concourse A and B at the New Orleans International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Kenner, La. Richard White sprayed a TSA agent in the face with wasp killer then slashed a second guard with a machete before a third agent shot him three times at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport Friday. (AP Photos/Jonathan Bachman)

KENNER, La. (AP) — The New Orleans airport concourse that became a scene of chaos when a machete-wielding man was shot by a sheriff’s lieutenant re-opened Saturday morning and a spokeswoman said airport operations were normal.

Meanwhile, the suspect in the bizarre Friday night attack at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport does Saturday afternoon, according to media outlets.

This drivers license image released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office shows Richard White. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office said in a statement that 63-year-old White was pronounced dead Saturday, March 21, 2015, at a local hospital. Sheriff Newell Normand said White -- who was shot three times by one of Normand's lieutenants Friday after approaching a security checkpoint at New Orleans' international airport, spraying insecticide and brandishing a machete -- was also carrying a bag loaded with six Molotov cocktails: six Mason jars with cloth wicks soaked in gasoline. (AP Photo/Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)

This drivers license image released by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office shows Richard White. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office said in a statement that 63-year-old White was pronounced dead Saturday, March 21, 2015, at a local hospital. Sheriff Newell Normand said White — who was shot three times by one of Normand’s lieutenants Friday after approaching a security checkpoint at New Orleans’ international airport, spraying insecticide and brandishing a machete — was also carrying a bag loaded with six Molotov cocktails: six Mason jars with cloth wicks soaked in gasoline. (AP Photo/Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)

Richard White, 62, of Kenner is alleged to have approached a security checkpoint, spraying agents and travelers with wasp killer before drawing a machete from his waistband and chasing a security agent.

White, who is believed to be a former taxi driver, was shot three times by a sheriff’s office lieutenant who was stationed at the concourse.

“We don’t know what his motive was,” Col. John Fortunato of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities said they believed White has worked as a taxi driver. A sheriff’s news release said he had “a few minor arrests.” Fortunato said investigators were continuing Saturday to check into his employment and criminal history.

White approached the security checkpoint at the airport’s busy Concourse B shortly before 8 p.m.

Sheriff Newell Normand said White sprayed Transportation Security Administration agents and several passengers in line at the checkpoint with wasp killer. He then drew a large machete from the waistband of his pants.

At one point a male TSA agent blocked the machete with a piece of luggage as White ran through a metal detector.

Lt. Heather Slyve of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office drew her weapon. White continued to swing the machete as she approached, and she fired three rounds, striking him in the face, chest and leg, according to Normand.

The TSA agent who was running from White was grazed in the arm by one of the rounds. Her wound was not life-threatening. The TSA agents’ names have not been released.

Concourse B serves Southwest Airlines. Southwest flights were diverted to another concourse Friday night. Airport spokeswoman Michelle Wilcut said in an email that Concourse B reopened normally Saturday morning for its first departing flight.