American Airlines passenger Rigoberto Alpizar, who claimed to have a bomb in his backpack, was shot and killed by a federal air marshal Wednesday after he bolted frantically from a jetliner that was boarding for takeoff, officials said. No bomb was found. Read more.
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"Absolutely he was justified and he acted 100% appropriately!! I thank God every day for dedicated U.S. citizens like these Air Marshals." — Kim (Champaurbn, IL)
"Absolutely not! What is it with our police, that they feel the need for over reacting, and lacking in common sense in dealing with the public? Our rules of engagement with suspected, would be, or suspicious characters are in need of review and evaluation. If our police are that afraid and unsure of what their duties are, then they shouldn't be officers of the law. Law enforcement officials should be held accountable for their actions, just as any other citizen would be for the same acts of injury, neglect or bodily harm inflicted on others. Have law enforcement officers been given the green light to do as they please? Aren't they to uphold the law, and not take it into their own hands?" — Arnold
"I think what happened to this man was very unfortunate. This time was an innocent man with a mental illness. What could happen if it's the real thing and they don't react the same? Air marshals were there to do just that; protect the lives of the other passengers." — Cynthia
"It is tragic and a sign of how trigger happy the times have become. This TV nation that is feed fear and sensationalism has created a sick culture of knee-jerk reactions. I am not speaking about the Air Marshal, but of everyone commenting on the story. We don't have all the facts yet. Wait until there is a full investigation. It just shows how people are transposing their own biases and fear upon a story that they were not involved in nor know anything about." — Doug (Charlotte, NC)
"If I was with a person that is out of meds and have a habit of being out of control when out, I would inform the attendants of the airline what was happening and that I had it under control. The officer acted correctly. It tells all of us to take the security serious." — Sandi (San Diego, CA)
"These situations can easily become deadly if not dealt with quickly! Had this man detonated an explosive, we would be hearing the government hasn't done enough! I for one am appreciative of the efforts the U.S. government is taking in protecting our skies AND our citizens! This Air Marshall should be considered a hero right along with the NYPD and FDNY for taking quick and decisive action to prevent what could have become a scene similar to what we see just about everyday in Baghdad where buses and roadside bombs claim dozens of lives." — Gary
"An Air Marshal is a law ENFORCER not an EXECUTIONER! I hope that the incident is fully investigated and that the office held accountable for his actions in a fair manner." — Sam (Austin, TX)
"Based upon reports that the suspect stated he had a bomb, plus the fact that in New York we now know authorities held a person who's shoes tested positive for a possible shoe bomb, the Air Marshal acted properly in Miami." — Eric (Orlando, FL)
"Of course the air marshal was justified. The man was acting crazy and claimed to have a bomb, which, if true, could have jeopardized many lives. It is the height of hypocrisy if we want armed air marshals to protect our planes and passengers, and then deny them the right to shoot potential terrorists who refuse to surrender. Why don’t we just give them marshmallows instead of guns, and have them threaten to throw them at hijackers? NOT!" — James
"If the victim had a bomb and wasn't shot, we would be crucifying the Air Marshal for not shooting him. He did the right thing and is to be commended." — Chris (Hermon, ME)