Air Marshals Fatally Shoot Passenger Claiming to Have Bomb

December 7, 2005 - 8:34 p.m. CST

MIAMI (AP) _ Federal air marshals have shot and killed a
passenger at Miami International Airport who claimed to have a bomb
in his backpack.

James Bauer of the Federal Air Marshals Service says the man
refused the orders of air marshals and ``uttered threatening
words.'' Bauer says the actions forced the marshals to open fire.
Bauer also says there's no reason to believe the incident involved

The passenger has been identified as Rigoberto Alpizar, a
44-year-old U-S citizen.

According to a witness, the man ran down the aisle of the
aircraft, flailing his arms, while his wife tried to explain that
he was mentally ill and had not taken his medication.

The plane had arrived in Miami from Medellin, Colombia, just
after noon, and the shooting occurred shortly after two p-m as the
plane was about to take off for Orlando.

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