Miami Airport Shooting

By: Susan Roberts/CBS
By: Susan Roberts/CBS

Was he deranged or dangerous? That's the question still surrounding the fatal shooting of a passenger aboard an American Airlines' plane which had a stop-over at Miami International Wednesday.

Federal authorities say 44-year-old Rigoberto Alpizar was gunned down after running through the plane and making threatening gestures included saying he had a bomb. According to witnesses his wife, who was with him at the time told other passengers he was bipolar and hadn't taken his medicine.

The air marshals believed he was dangerous, and when he didn't comply with their commands, officials say they had no choice.

Passengers on the flight were visibly disturbed and frightened. Despite those scary moments those we talked to at Miami International airport say they believe authorities acted properly. The incident itself is still causing people to rethink what could happen once they board their flight.

For now, the two marshals who were involved in the incident have been pulled from active duty and are being questioned as part of the investigation. But for passengers traveling, the idea that someone is looking out for their safety makes them feel a bit more secure.


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