Doctors: Officer stabbed in neck at airport recovering well

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 26, 2017

At the moment, Ftouhi remains in federal custody where he is being held on a charge of violence at an worldwide airport, a 20-year felony. Rachael Hannah hugs Einas Shalabi after the Flint Islamic Center's interfaith prayer service on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Flint, Mich., for Lt. Jeff Neville, who was stabbed at Bishop Airport We.

The trauma surgeon for Lt. Jeff Neville, the Flint airport police officer stabbed in the neck on Wednesday, said that the 12-inch laceration that the officer sustained came very close to severing a major artery and nerve.

FBI Special Agent Thomas M. Sondgeroth reported that his investigation revealed that Ftouhi walked up to a fully uniformed police officer (Neville) at a publicly accessible area of the airport, yelled "Allahu Akbar", pulled out a knife and stabbed the officer in the neck.

Hospital officials said that Neville was calm after the attack and appeared to understand the situation he was in.

Ftouhi had citizenship in Tunisia and Canada, where he lived for the past decade, according to audio of his federal court released Thursday.

Detroit's FBI Chief David Gelios declined to say where Amor Ftouhi attempted to purchase the firearm. They believe Ftouhi acted alone.

Ftouhi made an initial appearance in court Wednesday evening and ordered temporarily detained without bond, prosecutors said. He spent some time on the first floor. He is married and has three children.

Neville was able to stop the assault within a minute and "never stopped fighting" until the attacker was in handcuffs, according to airport officials. He indicated "no mental or physical health problems and no drug or alcohol use", the officer, Linsey Carson, said.

A man described as a quiet and kind, Ftouhis suspected sinister actions underline how hard it is to pinpoint aspiring terrorists, Deparice-Okomba said. Ftouhi is said to have asked the officers why they subdued him instead of killing him.

He legally entered the Champlain, New York, on June 16 and was in MI by at least June 18, said Gellios, who would not say whether Ftouhi entered the US under a so-called trusted traveler program. Police described him as "cooperative" and said he was talking to investigators. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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