Officers respond to report of man armed with weapon at Orlando airport


No shots were fired and no one was injured during the incident contained to a rental vehicle area, the Orlando Police Department said.

Authorities believe a gunman reported at the Orlando International Airport was attempting to commit "suicide by cop".

Police officers are communicating with the man at a rental auto location inside Level 1, Airside A. According to authorities, he has not harmed anyone or himself, but right now, officers are attempting to get the man to relinquish the weapon.

Police in Florida have tweeted that a reportedly armed suspect has been "contained" at the Orlando International Airport and that no shots have been fired and there is no active shooter.

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Armed suspect is contained but not in custody.

Micahel Pettigrew pointed the gun at officers and said "shoot me, shoot me", the department said in a Twitter post.

"Our employees did everything in accordance with what OPD has trained them to do", he said. Officers who responded to the airport's car-rental area earlier that evening said Pettigrew was trying to get officers to shoot him. Officers then determined it was fake, the police chief said. "Take cover. He has a huge gun".

There was minimal impact to airport operations, the airport tweeted. It said planes due to arrive there were affected but flight tracking websites indicated some flights were still departing. Part of the airport was evacuated as hundreds of officers stormed the area, some with their guns drawn.