A gunman is reportedly in a standoff with authorities at Orlando International Airport.
Footage of police in standoff with armed man at Orlando Airport. pic.twitter.com/q2vbELqPIa— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) May 31, 2017
The airport's official Twitter account posted about the incident, saying that police are currently on the scene after an armed man was spotted in the Level 1, A-side of the rental car area.
As you can see in the video above, footage has apparently been leaked of the situation, showing a heavy police presence at the airport.
Incident ongoing involving man w/ weapon in terminal - Level 1 A-side, rental car area. Police on scene, area contained. Min impact to ops.— Orlando Intl Airport (@MCO) May 31, 2017
Another video (below) reportedly shows negotiators speaking with the gunman saying, "You're going to the hospital, not prison."
At this point a portion of the airport has been shutdown, but no delays have been announced. The event has had little impact on operations.
this video is from the Orlando Airport, from my sister who is working there tn. u can hear the police say "ur going to hospital not prison" pic.twitter.com/P217FHm5M7— Briana✨ (@BriBri_Parnell) May 31, 2017
WFTV is reporting that shots have been fired, but no credible news source has confirmed this information.
Shots fired at Orlando International Airport, officials say https://t.co/V08PqfA7iH— WFTV Eyewitness News (@WFTV) May 31, 2017
According to OPD, a suspect is now "contained" but not in custody, and this is not to be considered an active shooter situation.
There has been no arrest. We will post updates https://t.co/ViZF2lrUsR— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
There is no active shooter. No shots fired. Suspect is contained. Will post updates as we receive them. https://t.co/ckElLh9QDE— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
UPDATE: Armed suspect is contained but not in custody. Suspect is speaking with a crisis negotiator. Please report only confirmed info.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
OPD has confirmed that the gunman is now in custody and that everyone is safe. No names or motive have been announced.
UPDATE: Gunman is in custody. Everyone is safe. Will brief as soon as possible in the media staging area. pic.twitter.com/8sNZ3Vjmv7— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
Authorities confirm that the suspect was in mental distress and has been identified as Michael W. Pettigrew, who reportedly told officers to shoot him. Pettigrew has been charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and has been Baker Acted.
Suspect Michael W Pettigrew, 26, faces one count of aggravated assault with a firearm on a LEO and will be held under Baker Act as well.— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
Our crisis negotiators did a phenomenal job. Suspect is Michael W Pettigrew, 26. pic.twitter.com/XAUJKecPLu— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
Our main objective was getting him contained & that happened very quickly. Contain situation & bring to a peaceful resolution, which we did pic.twitter.com/8D1AiHSMdI— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
According to the arrest report, Pettigrew approached the Mears Transportation desk and told the clerk that he had a gun. He then showed her the handgun multiple times and instructed her to call the police.
This is the gun the suspect was carrying and threatening officers with. Entire incident contained in rental car area. pic.twitter.com/rxNS8g3zpe— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) May 31, 2017
It was later determined that the gun was fake.
According to the Orlando Police Department, Pettigrew also told the clerk that he wanted to speak to the president.
After calling 911, Pettigrew was spotted by witnesses with a gun to his head. When approached by police officers, Pettigrew yelled "kill me," but was apprehended about a half hour later (at around 10 p.m.) without incident.