Hopkins Airport Falls Silent for TSA Officer


(Courtesy: cle-airport on Instagram)

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CLEVELAND — The ever-bustling Cleveland Hopkins International Airport came to a stop Friday morning, as did other airports across the country, as the TSA honored its first fallen officer.

Gerardo Hernandez, 39, was shot while working at a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport last Friday.

The TSA observed a 30 second moment of silence and suspended baggage screening for the time.

A picture shared on cle-airport’s Instagram account showed passengers and TSA agents with hands folded and heads bowed in respect.

Two other TSA officers — James Speer, 54, and Tony Grigsby, 36 — were wounded in the LAX shooting but were released from the hospital.

A traveler, 29-year-old Brian Ludmer, was shot in the leg but was recovering.

Paul Ciancia, 23, of Los Angeles is charged with murder of a federal officer and commission of violence in an international airport.

He was shot by officers Friday and was in critical condition at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Sunday.

(CNN contributed to this report.)

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