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Homeland Security chief visits New Orleans after airport machete attack

Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to personally thank TSA officers and Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies (file photo) Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to personally thank TSA officers and Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies (file photo)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

President Barack Obama's Homeland Security Chief arrives in New Orleans Friday morning, one week after an attack at Armstrong International Airport.

Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to personally thank TSA officers and Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies who thwarted an attack at Armstrong International Airport on March 20, according to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune.

Richard White, 63, was shot and killed by a Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy after attacking TSA agents last Friday.

White, who was armed with a can of wasp spray, a machete and molotov cocktails, attempted to get through a security checkpoint in Concourse B. After injuring TSA agents with the spray and attempting to hurt a female agent, White was shot three times by Lt. Heather Sylve.

Sylve is a seven year veteran of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

White was taken into custody and admitted to a local hospital. He died from his injuries the following day. The female TSA agent suffered a graze wound to the arm by one of the bullets.

Shortly after the attack, Sec. Johnson issued a statement commending the deputies at TSA agents for the quick response. He'll extend his gratitude personally on Friday.

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