Richard White, the 61-year-old taxi driver who was shot by police after attacking TSA agents with a machete on Saturday, has died of his wounds at an area hospital, Reuters reports. Officials said he had a history of mental illness.
"No one at this point in time has any notion of what triggered this behaviour," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said at a news conference on Saturday before White died. "His family has been very cooperative. We have been able to determine that there is a mental illness component here."
During the attack, White dropped a bag containing a lighter and six glass jars with cloth wicks in gasoline, commonly known as a Molotov cocktails, Normand said. Officials found tanks of acetylene, freon and oxygen in White's car at the airport, but do not know what their purpose was.