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Sheriff says New Orleans airport attacker had explosives

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand speaks to the media at the New Orleans International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Kenner, La. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand speaks to the media at the New Orleans International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Kenner, La.

KENNER, La. (AP) - Authorities says the machete-wielding man who was shot at New Orleans' international airport after trying to attack security agents was carrying explosives at the time.

Sheriff Newell Normand says suspect Richard White, who was shot by a security agent at the airport late Friday, was carrying a bag loaded with six Molotov cocktails. Material determined to have come from smoke bombs was also found.

White was later pronounced dead.

The sheriff suggested that White has had "mental health" issues. His family has been cooperating with the investigation.

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