air marshals were exonerated in the December fatal shooting of an American
Airlines passenger on a Miami
airport jetway, say Florida state
a report signed yesterday the state attorney Katherine Rundle, the two federal
air marshals (FAMs) were found to be justified in killing Rigoberto Alpizar
after he disembarked flight 924 on December 7 shouting that he was carrying a
two FAMs issued several warnings in English and Spanish before opening fire on
Alpizar, who was hit by six of the nine bullets fired from the two air
report, which was complied by Miami Police Department division chief Michael
Gilfarb, noted that it is “factually and legally irrelevant” that the
passenger, who died at the scene, was bipolar (otherwise known as manic
depressive) and that his wife was shouting that he required medication.
is also irrelevant that Alpizar was not carrying a bomb, nor that the passenger
had been screened by the airport’s US Transportation Security Administration
officers when he arrived from Peru
earlier that day.
lived with his wife Anne Buechner in Maitland, Florida.
They had been working in Ecuador
as translators for medical personnel, and had vacationed in Peru
before returning to the USA.