Man points gun at officer, OIA on temp lockdown

Cornelia Mascio
Июня 5, 2017

It comes after a standoff in the rental vehicle area of the airport, where the suspect communicated with crisis negotiators for two hours Tuesday.

No one was hurt, but there was confusion as travellers posted videos and photos of police with their weapons.

During the 45 minutes that portions of the airport were locked down, the man did surrender.

The incident ended peacefully nearly three hours after it started when Pettigrew was taken into police custody.

Incident ongoing involving man w/ weapon in terminal - Level 1 A-side, rental auto area. He pointed a gun at the officers and said "shoot me, shoot me! according to Chief Mina". Airport operations were returning to normal late Tuesday night.

Police say Pettigrew served in the Marines from 2009-2012. Orlando police SWAT team members were able to take Pettigrew into custody just after 10 p.m.

Spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told the Orlando Sentinel that law enforcement officers are on the scene Tuesday night. "No shots fired. Suspect is contained". The suspect is in a contained area of the airport and is speaking with crisis negotiators.

There is no active shooter, and no shots were fired, according to an Orlando Police tweet. The 26-year-old faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer, police said. He said in the report, he saw Pettigrew assume the "shooting stance" and point what appeared to be a gun at Officer Charles Wadley. The Florida Highway Patrol tweeted that all roads to the airport were shut down, with "zero exceptions".

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