Air traveler's shooting called justified

Published May 24, 2006

MIAMI - Two federal air marshals were justified in fatally shooting an airline passenger at Miami International Airport Dec. 7, state prosecutors concluded Tuesday.

A report by State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle found that the marshals had no way of knowing Rigoberto Alpizar, 44, suffered from bipolar disorder when they heard him use the word "bomb" at least once while running through the plane's cabin.

Alpizar was shot by the marshals after he claimed to have a bomb and appeared to reach into a backpack strapped to his chest. No bomb was found.

Alpizar and his wife had boarded an American Airlines flight bound for Orlando.

Opponent quits; Hastings re-elected

TALLAHASSEE - U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, has been re-elected to an eighth term because his only opponent has withdrawn.

Constitution Party of Florida candidate Carl J. Lauderdale IV, a 29-year-old software engineer from Tamarac, said he decided to drop out because his wife is having a difficult pregnancy.