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November 1, 2013

LAX LATEST: TSA IDs 39-year-old as officer killed

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspected gunman was in custody following a shooting at Los Angeles airport that killed a TSA officer and wounded two others. This is what AP reporters on the scene Friday are learning about the events unfolding:



The Transportation Security Administration has identified the officer killed at LAX as Gerardo I. Hernandez, 39. He's the first officer killed in the line of duty in the agency's 12-year history.

No other details were released about Hernandez or the two other TSA officers who were wounded.



In an email to TSA employees Friday evening, TSA Administrator John Pistole said he would be traveling to Los Angeles on Saturday to meet with the "family of our fallen comrade" and the injured employees who are recovering from their wounds. He'll also spend time with the TSA workforce at LAX.

"Together, we will get through this," Pistole wrote. "Our faith will guide us and our professionalism will ensure our ability to carry out our mission."



President Barack Obama called Pistole to express his condolences to the families and friends of the TSA officer who was killed and the two others who were wounded.

Obama said he is grateful for all the brave TSA personnel who protect the nation's transportation systems, the White House said in a statement. Obama also spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to express his gratitude for those who responded to the shooting.



A law enforcement official says the handwritten note in the suspected gunman's bag refers to how he believed his constitutional rights were being violated by TSA searches and he's a "pissed-off patriot" upset at former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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