Dallas police shoot man who charged officer at airport

Shooting Reported at Dallas Love Field Airport

DALLAS (Reuters) - Police shot a man who charged an officer after attacking a woman's car with a rock outside of the Love Field airport in Dallas on Friday, prompting a temporary shutdown of the facility.

The disturbance happened outside of baggage claim. Police said the suspect appeared to be the father of the woman's children. The suspect was conscious when he was taken away by ambulance but his condition is unknown, a police spokesman told reporters.

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Witnesses told Dallas broadcaster WFAA the suspect dared the officer to "shoot me" before he charged.

Video images of the woman's car showed broken windows and numerous dents.

In a social media video played on several broadcasters, five shots could be heard, followed by a volley of several more. Shouts of "get down" were heard and an officer with a pistol could be seen.

Media reports said car traffic had been halted to the airport, which is a major center for Southwest Airlines, a few miles from central Dallas.

"We are currently gathering additional details regarding the situation at Dallas Love Field," Southwest said in a statement. "Our Southwest hearts are with all those affected by this event."

Bryan Armstrong, a witness, told CNN the man who was shot had a rock in his hand and police ordered him to drop it as he walked toward them. Police shot the man when he did not comply, Armstrong said.

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Dallas police shoot man who charged officer at airport
If you're heading to Love Field to pick someone up/drop off, be prepared for long lines in traffic. https://t.co/5A7rxQqTcq
Update - A police officer has shot a man outside Dallas Love Field airport who was using rocks to attack a woman in a car
#BREAKING: Shots fired at Dallas Love Field Airport: https://t.co/kd86jylUtX (Video: Bryan Armstrong/@flashyfilms_) https://t.co/G6iKjiUKYF
VIDEO:SHOOTING outside of Love Field Airport shows shooting https://t.co/a3iXqkve4M Bryan Armstrong @flashyfilms_ https://t.co/rOEpctIDZB
By my estimation, I've been to Dallas Love Field about 15 times in the past two years. Hope this is an isolated incident.
See those lumps on the ground by the car here at Love Field? Those are the rocks. Back windshield completely busted. https://t.co/Kb3qnwFdTq
Someone got shot at Love Field because they were throwing rocks? Smh
#LoveField If a cops pointing a gun at you and telling you to get down and you have a rock, you probably shouldn't go after the cop.
I would've complied before that first bullet flew. But that's just me #LoveField
Anyone else following the Love Field drama? MSNBC:"Because if the man with the rock makes it in to the terminal then everyone is in danger."

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas, Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, Lisa Maria Garza in Dallas and Jeffrey Dastin in New York; Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott and David Gregorio)

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