Atlanta, GA – A police lieutenant, a taxi driver, and a woman are recovering from injuries sustained in a stabbing incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Wednesday evening. The incident, which unfolded in the south terminal, was witnessed by several passengers waiting in line for security checks.
The suspect, a woman, was seen walking backward in the terminal before being surrounded by police officers. According to Latoria Boyd, a passenger who was present during the incident, the suspect was wielding a large knife. The suspect’s actions led to a tense standoff with the police, with some passengers fearing that shots would be fired.
The incident began when Atlanta Police officers responded to a report of a taxi driver being stabbed outside the north terminal. The suspect then entered the south terminal, where police officers engaged her. During the confrontation, the suspect stabbed an Atlanta Police lieutenant in the leg, causing him to fall to the ground.
Despite the volatile situation, no shots were fired. Instead, the police used a Taser and pepper spray to subdue the suspect. The use of pepper spray resulted in some passengers experiencing discomfort in their eyes, noses, and mouths.
In the course of the incident, another woman was also stabbed, although the circumstances leading up to her injury were not immediately clear. All three victims were taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Damaris Milton, was taken into custody without sustaining any injuries. Charges are being filed against her, and she will be transported to the Clayton County Jail once the charges are secured.
The incident, which caused minimal disruption to airport operations, is currently under investigation by the Atlanta Police Department. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.