Police in standoff with gunman at Orlando International Airport

After a almost three-hour standoff with police, authorities said on Tuesday night an armed man at the Orlando International Airport was taken into custody.

While leaving a lift, she saw the man on the floor near the rental vehicle area, screaming and surrounded by police.

A Thrifty employee ran in from a garage area and told them, "There is a guy out there with a gun, Take cover".

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

Police were negotiating with the man, who had not initially harmed himself or anyone else. Part of the airport was evacuated as hundreds of officers stormed the area, some with their guns drawn.

As police yelled at Pettigrew to drop the weapon he yelled back at officers to "kill me", the report said.

"He laid down on the ground with the gun very close by to him".

Wadley saw a "large crowd of passengers running everywhere" so he did not fire, according to the report.

An arrest affidavit released Wednesday also says that 26-year-old Michael Wayne Pettigrew yelled "kill me" at an officer during the nearly three-hour standoff that ended peacefully when he was taken into police custody. "The gun was not real". Everyone is safe", Orlando police tweeted shortly after 7: "30 am IST on Wednesday.

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

Pettigrew was being held for a mental evaluation and could face aggravated assault charges.

There was minimal impact to airport operations, the airport tweeted.

Police were controlling the situation well, he said.

  • Larry Hoffman