Orlando International Airport locked down as police negotiate with armed suspect

Elias Hubbard
June 5, 2017

Police have contained a suspect with a weapon at the Orlando International Airport, authorities tweeted Tuesday night.

The man is contained in the rental auto area of the airport and no shots have been fired, according to local media. At one point he turned the gun toward police, Chief John Mina told reporters.

The former Marine faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm and is being held for mental health evaluation, Mina said.

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

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has released a statement on Tuesday night's incident at Orlando International Airport.

At 09:27 p.m. (1427 GMT), Orlando Police tweeted that a crisis negotiator was speaking with the gunman.

Images posted on social media showed a heavy police presence in the area, with passengers reporting they were told to "get back" by officers. No shots were fired and there were no reports of any injuries.

The man is not in custody but is "contained", according to Orlando police, reported Orlando Sentinel.

Michael Wayne Pettigrew, 26, caused a two-hour standoff with police near a vehicle rental pickup area after he was spotted brandishing a gun.

A former US Marine armed with a fake gun attempted "suicide by cop" during a almost three-hour stand-off at Orlando International Airport, police have said.

OPD says the impact on operations inside the airport is minimal; however, street traffic arriving by ground at the airport is backed up considerably. Images posted on social media showed a heavy police presence in the area and passengers were anxious about missing flights.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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