The suspect, identified as 63-year-old Richard White, approached a TSA agent scanning boarding passes at a checkpoint. When the officer challenged him, he sprayed the TSA agent in the face, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.
Two other TSA agent approached White, who then sprayed a male agent in the face and struck the female agent with a machete, Normand said.
White chased the male TSA agent through a metal detector and they both headed towards the exit.
A law enforcement officer manned at the exit responded to the situation and fired at the suspect three times.
White was shot in the left side of chest, face and thigh. He was taken to a hospital and at about 7 p.m. was found unresponsive, Normand said.
A bystander sustained a graze wound to the arm and several travelers cut themselves on furniture while trying to leave the area.
Authorities identified the man as a taxi driver, who recently received his chauffeur license. He has little to no criminal history, Normand said.
He had no apparent connection with anyone at the airport, Normand said.
FBI agents, along with local law enforcement, responded to the incident. The airport was shut down for less than 20 minutes.
There was a security incident near concourse B of the airport The site has been secured We will release more info as it comes available— New Orleans Airport (@NO_Airport) March 21, 2015
No other details were immediately available.