Dallas airport rocked by shooting after couple's disturbance

Flights at a Dallas airport were disrupted for hours Friday after a rock-throwing suspect in an altercation outside the baggage claim was shot by a police officer, authorities said.

Video apparently posted on social media showed an airport police officer firing multiple shots from the sidewalk outside the arrivals terminal at a person in front of the building, which is not visible from the witness's angle.

Standing next to a parked Segway vehicle used to patrol the airport's passenger drop-off and pickup areas, the officer in a flourescent green shirt shouts "stay down."

The incident began about 12:20 pm (1720 GMT) at Dallas Love Field Airport when a man began throwing rocks at a car outside the arrivals terminal, Dallas Police spokesman Randy Blankenbaker said.

Outside the baggage claim area, the airport police officer either saw or was alerted to an altercation that "we believe was a domestic disturbance between a lady and her children's father," Blankenbaker said.

He said that the suspect charged the approaching officer, who fired several shots. The suspect was wounded and transported to a hospital, Blankenbaker said.

Some people in the airport fleeing the sound of gunfire ran back inside through secured exits. "The airport has had to pull everybody out of the secure area and recheck them," Blankenbaker said.

"We are having to re-screen everybody."

The woman's car, which remained parked outside the terminal building after the shooting, had at least three windows shattered or broken out. A rock rested on the hood near a wiper, below a large indentation in the smashed windshield.

Blankenbaker said the suspect might have used landscaping stones along the airport road - which appeared to match the rocks strewn around the car - in his attack: "I would only be speculating, but that'd be a good guess."

The woman's children were not believed to have been present, Blankenbaker said.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

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