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Old 12-07-2005, 05:53 PM   #1
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Air marshal kills man who made bomb threat

Man killed after bomb claim at airport

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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- A 44-year-old U.S. citizen who claimed to have a bomb was shot and killed when air marshals opened fire on a boarding bridge at the Miami airport, several sources told CNN.

American Airlines Flight 924 was in Miami on a stopover during a flight from Medellin, Colombia, to Orlando, Florida, when the man, identified as Rigoberto Alpizar, said there was a bomb in his carry-on luggage, a Department of Homeland Security official said.

Alpizar was confronted by a team of federal air marshals, who followed him down the boarding bridge and ordered him to get on the ground, the official said.

When Alpizar appeared to reach into his baggage, he was shot and wounded, the official said, adding that the marshals' actions were consistent with their training. Officials said later that the man died of his injuries.
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That man must not be so bright.
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:03 PM   #3
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According to some stories, he was bi-polar and hadn't taken his meds.
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I don't understand why they had to kill him. Don't they know how to shoot not to kill? If he in fact did have a bomb wouldn't they have wanted to take him into custody for questioning?
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Old 12-07-2005, 06:31 PM   #5
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I heard about that, I figured he must have a medical issue. Very sad, it also makes you think about how someone who really had a bomb could possibly get away without even being noticed.

I'm sure there will be many questions about this and if it was proper action.
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Thank goodness someone is apparently doing their jobs.
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Well, apparently his luggage just blew up on the tarmac.
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Well, apparently his luggage just blew up on the tarmac.
It was blown up by security. So far no evidence of a bomb has been found.
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If the report is true that he reached into his bag after being told to freeze.....those officers did their jobs...period....and I pray they find peace with themselves if he did not have a bomb.
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Just remember the Police lies after the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting in London, hopefully a bit more early transparency will be present rather than lies and backtracking.
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If the report is true that he reached into his bag after being told to freeze.....those officers did their jobs...period....and I pray they find peace with themselves if he did not have a bomb.
Does this change your mind on a shoot to kill policy?
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I absolutely back the officers who shot. they did their jobs. Anyone who is stupid enough to even think to say such a stupid thing as having a bomb in an airport, on medifcation, toxicated or of sound mind is an idiot and deserves their demise. I'm sorry folks but after the terrorism this world has endured this century with no telling when it is going to stop or happen again, Homeland Security has trained and given the instruction to shoot to kill. I'm glad to hear this story in a way. Then not because I have to fly and on American Airlines in a few days and I hate hearing these stories pop up in the news when I travel.....when you hear one, there's another goofball idiot in the wings making his or her decision to try something equally deranged.
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I don't understand why they had to kill him. Don't they know how to shoot not to kill? If he in fact did have a bomb wouldn't they have wanted to take him into custody for questioning?
Neither do I. It seems like they would have wanted to question him.
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If the story occured as it was described, I think the police did the right thing. It's not a matter of whether or not he'd be useful for question, it's a matter of completely incapacitating someone who may be reaching for a bomb, and that doesn't mean shooting them in the leg unfortunately.

I do hope the description of the event turns out to be correct...the last thing the country needs is a scandal like the one in Britain.
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If shooting to kill is following protocol, then so be it. I also would question why they wouldn't shoot to injur rather than kill, but I've never been in a heated situation like that so maybe there's not much of a choice between a foot as opposed to a head or a heart.
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