Police: Woman Stabs Three At Atlanta Airport

In the current era of anti-police sentiment and lax criminal prosecution, reports of violent attacks have become frustratingly routine in many of the nation’s large cities.

Nevertheless, shocking footage from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia this week stood out for its harrowing depiction of brazen violence. Shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, authorities were advised of a woman brandishing a knife near a security checkpoint.

As witnesses captured the chaos on cellphone cameras, the suspect – later identified by police as 44-year-old Damaris Milton – can be seen threatening officers as they approached.

She allegedly stabbed three individuals, one of whom was identified as an Atlanta Police Department lieutenant, before officers were able to subdue her. Reports indicate the first victim was a taxi driver who was stabbed shortly after arriving at the airport.

Once inside, authorities attempted to contain her to a small area, where she allegedly stabbed an airport employee and the police lieutenant.

“The preliminary investigation indicates the female stabbed the driver of a taxi she was in, as it was pulling up to the airport,” according to a social media statement from police. “She then exited the taxi and walked into the airport where officers encountered her a short time later.”

Fortunately, all three victims are expected to recover from their injuries and were listed in stable condition as of the latest updates available.

APD Sgt. John Chafee released a statement noting that there is no apparent connection between Milton and the three victims, but noted that authorities continued to investigate the case in hopes of determining a motive.

She was arrested at the scene but charges had not yet been filed as of the time that Chafee released his statement.

As for travel out of the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that there were no delays or canceled flights connected to the disruption.

Atlanta has experienced an elevated rate of aggravated assaults in recent years, including a significant uptick in 2020 as anti-police demonstrations spread nationwide. Such crimes reached a recent high point the following year.

While violent crime moderated slightly in 2022, the homicide rate continued to increase to 3.3 per 10,000 people, which is the highest it has been since 2009.