Officer stable after stabbing at Bishop International Airport in Flint

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Officer Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck at Bishop International Airport on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Police say an airport officer was stabbed in the neck Wednesday morning at Bishop International Airport in Flint.

The officer was taken to the hospital. Michigan State Police said the officer was in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to stable condition. 

Police identified the injured officer as Lt. Jeff Neville.

Bishop International Airport was evacuated and is closed.

Police said a suspect has been taken into custody.

The airport released the following statement:

The stabbing incident at the airport remains under FBI led investigation. Local, state, and federal agencies are on scene. The airport remains closed until further notice. The police officer assaulted is in stable condition. The suspect is in custody and is currently being questioned. 

NBC's News' investigative journalist Tom Winter reports that the Canadian-born suspect shouted "Allahu Akbar" before stabbing Neville multiple times.

The FBI said they are aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer, but it is too early to determine the nature of the alleged statements or whether or not it was an act of terrorism.

"Based on information that we have at this time, we believe this to be an isolated incident," the FBI said in a statement.

The Flint City Hall began operating under heightened security in an abundance of caution after the incident.

"Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. "My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to service and protect us each and every day. I want the public to know that several agencies are involved and working to ensure the situation is under control. However, at this time we are taking extra precautions just to be safe."

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