Ohio man shot at airport had frozen urine in vehicle
Columbus, Ohio — A bomb squad found containers of frozen urine in the vehicle of man who police say lunged at an airport officer with a knife and was fatally shot, a police union official Thursday.
The suspicious material was confirmed as urine after the confrontation Wednesday at Port Columbus International Airport, said the local police union leader, Jason Pappas. It’s not clear why the man had the containers.
Investigators say he had tried unsuccessfully to buy an airline ticket using a woman’s ID, then got into the fatal confrontation with airport police after returning to his illegally parked vehicle.
Police identified the man as 41-year-old Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed, of Columbus. No one answered the door Thursday at a Hillard address listed for him.
Police were investigating the man’s background and why he was using a woman’s ID.
After the first shots were fired, he got up and headed back toward the terminal, at which point a second airport officer shot him, Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said. He was shot multiple times.
Pappas said a total of three officers were involved in the confrontation. He said two uniformed airport officers approached the man, and one struggled with him and fired before retreating, at which point a detective came out of the airport and fired at the attacker.
Abdul-Rasheed had multiple knives on him, police said.
The first officer who fired suffered scrapes and bruises, but the police weren’t seriously hurt, Pappas said. The officers will be on administrative leave for at least two days and will have counseling with a police psychologist, per standard procedure, he said.
Columbus city police are handling the investigation. They have not released surveillance video that is expected to show what happened.