Instead, Ftouhi bought a knife and searched his phone’s GPS for the
nearest international airport—which happened to be Bishop International
in Flint. He canvassed the airport, learning where the police officers
were stationed. The next day, Ftouhi went back to the airport and
carried out the attack. He approached the police officer, dropped his
backpack, pulled out a knife, and repeatedly stabbed the victim.
goal was to kill law enforcement or the military, and he told us even
if he killed innocent people, Ftouhi thought that was okay,” Reineck
Coincidentally there was a meeting of local law enforcement
happening in an airport conference room, just a few feet from where the
officer had been stabbed. Ftouhi had no opportunity to get away.
told police he worked alone, and investigators found no evidence of
anyone helping him. He was convicted of terrorism charges in November
2018 and sentenced to life in prison in April 2019.
the investigative team got to know the victim officer over the course of
the investigation. They credit the officer himself, as well as an
airport maintenance worker who rushed to save him, as the true heroes.
lot of guys here in the office now consider him a friend,” Reineck
said, noting many in the FBI office already knew the officer from the
local law enforcement community. “We’ve gone through this process with
him, and we know he’s relieved that it’s over. There’s a sense of relief
and that justice was served.”