Machete-wielding man shot by police at New Orleans airport

An officer directs traffic at the entrance to New Orleans International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2015, in Kenner, La. Richard White sprayed a TSA agent in the face with wasp killer then slashed a second guard with a machete before a third agent shot him three times at a security checkpoint in the New Orleans international airport Friday. (AP Photos/Jonathan Bachman)

KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities say a man sprayed wasp killer and swung a machete at TSA agents and passengers at the New Orleans international airport before an officer shot and wounded the attacker.

Sheriff Newell Normand in suburban New Orleans’ Jefferson Parish says 62-year-old Richard White approached a security checkpoint Friday evening and sprayed insecticide at agents and passengers before pulling out a large machete.

Normand says White began swinging the machete and was chasing a female TSA agent when Lt. Heather Slyve fired three rounds, striking White in the face, chest and leg.

A TSA agent also was hit in the arm by a bullet, but authorities say the wound isn’t life-threatening.

White went into surgery at a hospital overnight, Normand said. There was no immediate update on his condition early Saturday.

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