Man with gun prompts lockdown at Orlando airport

Owen Stevens
June 2, 2017

The airport said entrances were "open but congested".

The responding officers tried to talk to Pettigrew for a half hour until SWAT team members and police negotiators arrived. "The people of Orlando are lucky to have such dedicated officers protecting them each day".

Michael Wayne Pettigrew was undergoing a psychological evaluation following the two-hour standoff during which he threatened to harm himself and pointed a fake gun at officers at a rental auto area on the airport's ground floor, Orlando police Chief John Mina said.

Police say Pettigrew served in the Marines from 2009-2012.

"We watched 14 police cars pass us the other way just after 8 in the evening", he said.

He is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a firearm.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt during Tuesday night's episode at Orlando International Airport. As such, there have been no reports of injuries.

Traffic near the airport is extremely slow. Everyone is safe", Orlando police tweeted shortly after 7: "30 am IST on Wednesday. Officers who responded to the airport's vehicle rental area earlier that evening said Pettigrew was trying to get officers to shoot him.

UPDATE: 9:02 p.m.

A crisis negotiator spoke with the suspect, police said on their verified Twitter account before the man was detained. No shots were fired.

Erik Sandoval, a reporter of the CBS affiliate in Orlando, shared video of SWAT entering the airport.

"From that point, he lay down on the ground with the gun close to him", said Orlando police chief John Mina.

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

Employees had been told to shelter behind the desk of the business, he said. Images showed a heavy police presence and officials hurrying travelers out of an area in the airport.

Officers from the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office are at the scene and passengers have been removed from the area.

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