UPDATE: NO PHOTO YET, BUT POLICE HAVE REVEALED THAT THE MAN HAD A FAKE GUN.
News about the identity of the man with a gun who shut down parts of Orlando Airport broke a few minutes ago.
I had reported interpreting the gunman’s voice as nonwhite. I was right again. Unfortunately, there’s no photo available of him yet, but I’ll update this post when one becomes available.
It appears the perp wanted to be shot to death by the police but changed his mind at some point.
A man accused of pointing a gun at an Orlando police officer at Orlando International Airport was taken into custody Tuesday night, according to the Orlando Police Department.
The suspect was identified as Michael W. Petticrew, 26. He faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer and will be held under the Baker Act, police said.
At 7:28 p.m., the Orlando Police Department was notified about a disturbance in the rental car area of the airport, police said during a news conference Tuesday. Police officers made contact with the suspect, who they described as a black male, holding a gun, police said.
The suspect pointed the gun at officers and said, “Shoot me, shoot me,” according to Orlando police Chief John Mina.
The incident was contained to the rental car area, police said.
Airport employees contacted the Orlando Police Department regarding the incident. A portion of the airport was temporarily locked down.
According to police, there is no active shooter, and no shots were fired.
The Baker Act, referred to in the story, is a Florida law that allows for the emergency incarceration and treatment of suspected mentally ill people. Read more at Wikipedia.