A man wielding a machete and wasp spray at the New Orleans international airport was shot by police on Friday, The Times-Picayune reports. The man attacked TSA agents at a security checkpoint before he was shot three times by the on-duty sheriff's deputy.

The man was identified as Richard White, 63, a taxi driver. From the Times:

White walked down a TSA Pre-Check security line into Concourse B shortly before 8 p.m. and was challenged by an officer who was checking for his boarding pass, Normand said. He then pulled out a can of wasp spray and sprayed the officer, he said.

White ran past two other officers and then pulled a large machete from his waistband, Normand said. A TSA agent blocked the weapon using a piece of luggage as White ran through the magnetometer, he said.

White advanced upon sheriff's office lieutenant Heather Slyve with his machete, whereupon she shot him three times, according to The Guardian. Two bystanders were injured by stray bullets, including one TSA agent.

"I know there have been a lot of questions as to whether or not we believe there's any national security threat or anything along those lines," Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.

"At this point in time, we don't have any information that leads us to believe that's the case as it relates to this situation."

Radio station WWNO reports that White is alive and in surgery but "unresponsive."

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