A terrifying situation was created at Orlando International Airport Wednesday when an armed suspect, identified as Micheal Wayne Pettigrew was held speaking with a crisis negotiator. The man was taken into custody nearly after three-hours standoff with the police,said authorities, news agency AP reported. Later it came know that he pointed a fake gun at officers and himself as he was in “mental distress” when police surrounded him at the rental car area of the airport, authorities said.
He was seen screaming on the floor near the rental car area of the airport as the cops surrounded him, he pulled out a gun saying, ‘You’re going to need mental therapy after this.’ The first floor of terminal ‘A’ was cleared by the officers as soon as the incident was reported. It happened around 7:24 (local time), airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told the Sentinel.
“I saw all the cops with the long rifles and started shaking,” she said. “It didn’t seem real,” said a passenger who witnessed the situation was quoted as saying by news agency, AP. The Orlando police tweeted saying, “there is no active shooter, no shots fired”. The situation created a chaos at the airport as video and photos posted online showed police with their weapons drawn. All the roads to the airport were eventually shut down, the Florida Highway patrol tweeted.
Earlier this year, authorities say an Alaska man killed five people inside a baggage claim area at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
(With inputs with AP)