Police: Man attacked officers at airport without provocation

November 23, 2019 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who entered restricted areas at McCarran International Airport charged and assaulted officers without provocation before being shot and wounded by a police sergeant, a senior police official said Saturday.

Police identified the man shot Thursday as 32-year-old Jordan Henry and said he remained hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Police didn’t release a hometown for Henry but said he arrived on a Nov. 17 flight from Indianapolis and that he had a record of arrests in Indiana and Georgia.

Henry was booked into jail in absentia on charges of two types of battery and of trespass. It wasn’t known whether he has an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Police body-camera video excerpts shown to reporters Saturday appeared to show that the first officer to encounter a man in a baggage-handling area used non-confrontational language before reaching for the man’s arm.

The video then showed the man quickly pull away and turn toward another officer who was next visible on the ground next to a police vehicle.

Officers chased the man on foot to another part of the airport until a second encounter when another officer was knocked to the ground before the man was shot by the sergeant, video shows.

Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank said one injured officer had a broken nose, a broken finger and an orbital fracture, and Hank later said the man in the video was apparently holding an unopened soda can when first encountered by police.

“He was very violent, very aggressive, in a rage, just extremely hostile, without any provocation from what we could see,” Hank said.

Officers’ multiple attempts to use a stun gun to stop the man failed, Hank said.

Hank said police first encountered Henry after officers responded to an airport employee’s report of a man going through a security door but then didn’t immediately find anybody in the immediate vicinity.