Dallas’ number two airport was thrown into chaos Friday after a police officer shot and wounded a man who had reportedly “rushed” at him with a rock following a domestic disturbance.
Neither the wounded man, who was taken to a nearby hospital after the shooting, nor the police officer who fired the shots at around noon outside Dallas Love Field Airport, were identified.
Bryan Armstrong, who recorded the incident on video, said he saw police running toward a man approaching officers and a door where people were coming out of the airport.
“The police told him to stop moving and put the rock down and I guess he didn’t listen and they fired a couple shots. He fell,” Armstrong said. The man appeared to still be moving on the ground and around five more shots were fired, Armstrong said.
The airport was briefly placed on lockdown because a number of people who had been waiting to get through security when the shots erupted ran past the TSA workers to get away from the mayhem, Dallas Assistant Chief of Police Randall Blankenbaker said.
“So the airport has had to pull everybody back out of the secure area and recheck them for security purposes,” he said. The airport was not shut down, he said.
The drama at Dallas’ secondary airport erupted when the wounded man and a woman got into some kind of a “domestic dispute” outside the baggage claims area and the man “used rocks to attack the lady,” Blankenbaker said.
Responding to a call for help, the officer was confronted with a man “armed with a rock.”
The officer “was able to separate himself from that individual, gain some distance, try to gain some time, but the individual came toward him again and so he discharged his weapon a number of times,” Blankenbaker said.
The wounded man, who Blankenbaker described as the father of the woman’s children, was conscious when he was taken to the hospital. “It’s too early to tell you what his condition is,” the officer said.
The woman that police said the wounded man had been attacking was not hurt. “Her condition is fine,” Blankenbaker said. The officer who shot the man was placed on leave as is normal procedure following a shooting, and the incident is under investigation, Blankenbaker said.
There were long lines and delays at the airport following the shooting. By shortly before 4 p.m., the airport said TSA checkpoint operations were back to normal.
Source: NBC News