Dallas police shoot man who charged officer at airport

Shooting Reported at Dallas Love Field 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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(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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