Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed, a knife-wielding Muslim 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.
Columbus Dispatch (h/t Rob E) 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.
Jim Shriner, a tow-truck driver who witnessed the encounter and largely corroborated the police account, said he was certain of one thing: The man appeared to do everything he could to get himself shot.
Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus Police Division spokesman, gave this account: “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. A search of the man’s body turned up more knives, Weiner said, although he wouldn’t say how many.
“The officers also discovered items on the suspect which prompted them to contact the Columbus Fire Bomb Squad, which also searched the suspect’s vehicle,” airport officials said in a statement. “Suspicious items were removed from the scene.” Details weren’t released.