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Man Shot at Port Columbus Had History of Mental Illness

The suspect who was fatally shot yesterday at Port Columbus by police has been identified. Columbus Police say he’s 41 year old Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed. The shooting is still under investigation. Court records show Abdul-Rasheed had a history of mental illness. In 2000, he was charged with attempted manslaughter but found not guilty by reason of insanity. He spent time in a psychiatric ward and nearly a dozen years under court supervision. A Columbus police spokesman says Abdul-Rasheed tried to buy an airline ticket using a fake ID and then lunged at an airport police officer with a knife before he was fatally shot by at least two officers. The confrontation outside came after the officer called a tow truck for the man's vehicle, which he left illegally parked in the departures area. Two officers, including one in civilian clothes, fired at the man. A police spokesperson didn't know why the man was trying to buy a ticket but said there were no indications that terrorism was involved.

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