Jefferson Parish Sheriff Lt. Heather Sylve spoke out for the first time Thursday since she shot Richard White, the Kenner man who attacked New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport security agents with a machete and wasp spray, in an interview with FOX 8.
"I've never, ever, ever felt fear or terror in my life to that capacity," she said.
White died this past Saturday afternoon, about two hours after authorities revealed that he had Molotov cocktails with him in the airport and smoke bombs outside in his vehicle. Slyve shot him three times.
"When I felt the TSA agent clear me, I stood aside and fired a shot that was trying to prevent anything from going further besides the perpetrator at hand," she said.
Sylve received Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand's Award of Excellence this week.
"I have so much compassion for the family because I can only understand what they're going through," she said, starting to tear up. "I can't even begin to comprehend. But I'm proud that I'm able to be here today for my own family. But again, the compassion is not ever going to cease for the other party. I'm praying for them. I'm praying for myself as well."
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