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Man shot at Port Columbus had earlier sought airline ticket | The Columbus Dispatch


A knife-wielding man who was shot and killed by airport police at Port Columbus yesterday first caught the attention of officers because of his odd behavior at an airline ticket counter and his illegally parked SUV, authorities said.


The man was identified by police this morning as 41-year-old Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed. Police said he tried to buy an airline ticket to an undisclosed destination with a woman’s ID.


That occurred shortly before the 1 p.m. shooting just outside the terminal that startled workday travelers and slowed but didn’t halt airport operations.


Columbus police said they don’t know what prompted the man to arrive at the airport armed, it turned out, with knives.


Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus Police Division spokesman, gave this account:


The separate calls about the illegally parked SUV and the suspicious person at the ticket counter came in about 12:45 p.m. and quickly merged as the man walked up to the vehicle. By then, airport police had called for Shriner’s tow truck to take the SUV from where it was parked, in the area where passengers about to take flights from Port Columbus are being dropped off.


“It looked like a casual encounter at first, and then suddenly (the suspect) produced a knife and lunged at the officer and attempted to stab him,” Weiner said.


The man barely missed the officer, who fired a gun multiple times.


The man dropped to the ground but got up and came at officers again. Another officer fired multiple times, killing him not far from the north doors to the departures level of the terminal.

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