Police identify man shot by officers at Ohio airport

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Posted: Jan 08, 2015 11:55 AM

(Reuters) - Police on Thursday identified a knife-wielding man who officers shot and killed just outside a terminal at the Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio's capital city.

Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed, 41, lunged at an officer with a knife Wednesday afternoon, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement.

Police wanted to question the man because an airline ticket agent reported someone had attempted to buy an airplane ticket using identification that belonged to a woman, police said. At the same time, officers also were investigating a vehicle parked in a restricted area outside the terminal, police said.

Police approached Abdul-Rasheed as he was returning to the vehicle. One officer shot the man as he approached with a knife and another officer shot him as he continued advancing, police said.

Abdul-Rasheed, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was found to have several knives in his possession, police said. The incident and his motives remain under investigation, police said.

(Reporting by Kim Palmer in Cleveland and Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Bill Trott)