Teacher who attacked base had death wish, FBI says - 10/23/2007 - MiamiHerald.com
Wielding two butcher knives bought at Wal-Mart and vodka bottles to use as explosives, Tahmeed Ahmad chanted ''Death to America'' and told Homestead Air Reserve Base guards he wanted to kill soldiers.
But Ahmad was no terrorist, authorities believe.
Rather, the Miami Central High School math teacher wanted to ''commit suicide by cop'' when he attacked military policemen stationed at the west gate just before midnight Sunday, the FBI said.
Ahmad did not get his wish. One officer fired his handgun at Ahmad. He missed.
''We take security very seriously at the base, but this was quite an unusual event,'' said Lt. Col. Tom Davis, a base spokesman. ``Our security forces are well trained and responded appropriately.''
Police quickly arrested Ahmad, 22, whose mother says is mentally ill and had recently been in a mental institution. The FBI charged him Monday with assaulting a U.S. government employee.
Ahmad is in his first year teaching math at Miami Central High, 1781 NW 95th St.
According to an FBI criminal complaint, Ahmad admitted to buying two butcher knives at a Miami Lakes-area Wal-Mart. From a liquor store, he bought ``two magnum bottles of vodka he hoped to use as Molotov cocktails.''
The teacher told agent Richard W. Lunn he would have used a gun but that a week ago, a dealer refused to sell him one because he had not lived in Florida for 90 days, as required by law.
On Sunday night, Ahmad drove his car to the gate's west entrance, hopped out and ``charged the military police officers.''
''The fellow was being very hostile toward the guard,'' Davis said.
The military police officer fired in his own defense, the criminal complaint said.
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