SAN FRANCISCO, April 6 (Xinhua) — Officials evacuated Terminal 1 at Oakland International Airport in the U.S. state of California Tuesday morning, as sheriff’s deputies and crisis negotiators worked with a man who was claimed to be suicidal and threatening to harm himself with a knife, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said a sergeant briefly struggled with the man who was able to maintain a hold on the knife before he was subdued. The man sustained an injury to his neck.
The incident was unfolding “in the baggage claim area of the terminal before the checkpoint,” and Hawaiian, Alaska, Delta and Frontier flights were affected, officials said.
“He’s obviously suffering from a severe mental health crisis. We are working with him,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.
Airport staff was able to shuffle customers through Terminal 2 to their scheduled flights, according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.