Officer stabbed at Flint airport recovering, doctors say

Ruben Ruiz
June 26, 2017

The ongoing investigation into the incident is part of a joint operation between the US and Canada, officials said.

Scholten said the laceration extended from the anterior of the neck, by the Adam's apple, to the back of the neck and went as high as the angle of Neville's jaw.

Authorities say Amor M. Ftouhi, a Tunisian national with dual citizenship in Canada, struck Neville with a 12-inch knife with a green handle and a black serrated blade marked "Amazon Jungle Survival Knife" while yelling "Allahu Akbar", which means "God is great" in Arabic.

In this undated photo released by the FBI, Amor Ftouhi is shown.

Ftouhi was charged with violence at an global airport.

Gelios declined to provide details on where Ftouhi attempted to buy the gun or what type of gun he tried to purchase. Reverend Doctor Deborah Conrad, Senior Minister of Woodside Church speaks at the Flint Islamic Center's interfaith prayer service on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Flint, Mich., for Lt. Jeff Neville, .

Authorities, meanwhile, say they are trying to learn why Ftouhi drove to Flint's airport and attacked Neville, who was in uniform.

A detention hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 at United States District Court for the Eastern District of MI courthouse.

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"This was a significant force", Scholten said. “The slash was probably very, very close to severing his major arteries and nerve — perhaps even his windpipe and digestive systems.This was not a shaving nick, if you will. "This was not a shaving nick".

Ftouhi targeted a city with an worldwide airport, but Gelios declined to say why Flint was chosen.

David Gelios, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Detroit, says Ftouhi unsuccessfully tried to buy a gun once he arrived in the US, but instead managed to buy a 12-inch knife, with an 8-inch blade knife.

While bleeding from the neck, Lieutenant Jeff Neville wrestled with the attacker until he was restrained by other officers.

Gelios confirmed that the person who is now said to be committed an act of the terrorism, he was saying the USA killed thousands of people killed in the Middle Eastern countries like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and this is the prize all American will be paid. Acting U.S. Attorney Dan Lemisch said more charges are coming in the days ahead.

During a court hearing on Wednesday, it was learned that Ftouhi is from Tunisia and several family members still reside there.

Scholten says first responders' efforts were "absolutely life-saving". Ftouhi has lived there with his wife and three children. A pretrial services officer told a judge that he had worked on and off as a truck driver.

Police in Canada were searching a Montreal apartment. "We have no information to suggest any training", FBI Special Agent in Charge David Gelios said on Thursday. Ftouhi is said to have asked the officers why they subdued him instead of killing him. Police described him as "cooperative" and said he was talking to investigators.

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