Sister of Florida terror suspect shot dead after lunging at cop with knife
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Sister of Florida terror suspect shot dead after lunging at cop with knife

The sister of a recently detained terrorism suspect in Florida was shot dead by cops late last week after she charged at them with a butcher knife.

And it was all caught on video.

According to Temple Terrace Police, 21-year-old Heba Momtaz Al-Azhari was at city hall on May 29 when she asked for assistance from a police officer. Temple Terrace police chief Kenneth Albano stated during a press conference that a uniformed officer went outside and approached Al-Azhari, who jumped at him and made stabbing motions with the knife.

In the 30-second video, the officer can be seen pulling out his gun.

More officers then responded to the scene and fired at Al-Azhari, who later died of her injuries in hospital.

The officer who was confronted by the woman suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Al-Azhari is the sister of 23-year-old Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, who was arrested last week for allegedly trying to provide material support to ISIS. The Daily Mail reported, citing the U.S. Department of Justice, that Muhammed admired Omar Mateen – the Pulse nightclub shooter – and reportedly told an informant that he wanted to kill dozens of people while taking his life in the process.

“It’s a very traumatic thing for an officer to pull his weapon and much less take a life,” said Albano during the press conference.  The police chief said the responding officer repeatedly asked Al-Azhari to drop the knife and did fire his gun when attacked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MnMkP8eY50

A spokesperson for the Al-Azhari family told Spectrum Bay News 9 that Muhammed’s arrest upset his sister.

The Daily Mail reported Muhammed had negotiated with an undercover FBI worker to purchase a variety of weapons, which included guns and silencers. After receiving the weapons, Muhammed was promptly arrested.

Citing an FBI document, the Daily Mail noted Muhammed had scoped out a number of places in the Tampa area as potential targets for his alleged attack.

The suspect had been previously convicted in Saudi Arabia in 2015 of terror-related crimes and spent three years in prison before being deported to the United States, the FBI noted.

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Pat Reaves
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