Amor Ftouhi, the 50-year-old Canadian resident who stands accused of stabbing Lt. Jeff Neville at Bishop International Airport in Flint, MI Wednesday, tried to purchase a gun prior to the attack, according to House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX). Ftouhi was unable to complete the purchase due to his Canadian citizenship.
Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. on June 16 through Lake Champlain, NY. According to McCaul, Ftouhi was not on a watch list.
“I don’t think he was on anyone’s radar screen, but we do know he traveled from Canada to New York to Michigan,” said McCaul, who also confirmed that within the last five days, Ftouhi attempted to purchase a firearm.
The attack against Neville, who is in stable condition, is being investigated as a terrorist incident by the FBI. McCaul says its significant that Ftouhi traveled to commit the violent act. “You have someone coming across the northern border from Canada into the United States to try and kill police officers in the homeland,” McCaul said.
Ftouhi has been charged with violence at an international airport.
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