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Suspected gunman at Orlando airport in police custody

Police chief says the man had a fake gun

May 30, 2017 - 10:38 pm
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ORLANDO (AP) — Police say a gunman at the Orlando International Airport has been taken into custody and that everyone is safe.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina later said in a news conference that the suspect was armed with a fake gun. Mina identified the man as Michael Wayne Pettigrew, a former Marine who was apparently suffering from mental issues and was suicidal. 

The call about an armed man came in about 7:30 p.m. and the situation was resolved nearly three hours later, after a crisis negotiator was called in to help.

The terrifying situation created confusion and uncertainty at the airport as travelers posted video and photos online of officers with their weapons drawn.

Authorities said earlier that no shots had been fired.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina later said the suspect was armed with a fake gun. Mina identified the man as Michael Wayne Pettigrew, a former Marine who was apparently suffering from mental issues and was suicidal. 

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9:15 p.m.

Police in Florida have tweeted that a reportedly armed suspect has been ‘contained’ at the Orlando International Airport and that no shots have been fired and there is no active shooter.

Orlando police urged people not to put out unconfirmed information on Tuesday night during what appeared to be a chaotic scene at the airport. Images showed a heavy police presence and officials hurrying travelers out of an area in the airport.

The Florida Highway Patrol said all roads to the airport were shut down, with “zero exceptions.” Authorities warned people to stay in their vehicles and away from law enforcement.

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8:55 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Orlando International Airport says authorities are responding to a report of an armed man in the rental car area.

Spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell tells the Orlando Sentinel that law enforcement officers are on the scene Tuesday night.

The airport tweeted that the area had been contained and there was minimal impact to operations. Images posted on social media showed a heavy police presence in the area and passengers were worried about missing flights. The Florida Highway Patrol tweeted that all roads to the airport were shut down, with “zero exceptions.” Authorities warned people to stay in their vehicles and away from law enforcement.

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