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04-27-06, 02:45 PM #1
Officer Shot in Airport
THOMAS J. SHEERAN
Police confronted a man at a Cleveland airport ticket counter Thursday and shots were fired as they struggled, critically wounding a patrolman and killing the man, authorities said.
The man grabbed one officer's gun and shot another officer twice in the chest, city Safety Director Martin Flask said.
The unidentified Cleveland man, who was shot by a third officer who intervened, died at a hospital, Flask said.
The shooting, shortly after 10 a.m., was in an area before security check points. The airport remained open, said Fred Szabo, director of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
"We have several witnesses who saw it happen, a number of police officers, TSA employees and some passengers as well," Szabo said.
The officer, Patrolman Steve Walker, was in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Susan Christopher said.
Employees at the United Airlines ticket counter were being interviewed by investigators after the shooting, United spokesman Robin Urbanski said.
Copyright 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
04-27-06, 02:48 PM #2
What is wrong with people thinking they can get to an officers gun. The world has gone mad I'm telling you!!
04-27-06, 03:30 PM #3Originally Posted by BigBossMan
04-27-06, 03:55 PM #4
Well he did get an officers bullets!!!!
My prayers go out for the injured officer and the officer who had to cap the creep...Insert witty comment and disclaimer here.
04-27-06, 04:29 PM #5
If a person grabs an officers gun at a ticket counter in an airport,you know he was in big trouble anyway. If three officers were there it means something illegal was going on. Thanks to the third officer ,tax payers money will be saved.
My heart felt prayers go out to the injured officer and his family.
04-27-06, 06:07 PM #6
I've never had someone so much as make a move for me gun. BUT, if/when someone does try it, they're gonna be a hurting unit. In MN attempting to disarm a police officer is a felony. They'll be lucky if they make it to the jail if they try to take my gun.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
We lucky few, we band of brothers. For he who today sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.
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04-27-06, 06:11 PM #7
Just what Brad needs to read, we are getting ready to fly in a couple months.
I agree if there was that many officers present there was something else going on that the man should not have been doing. He got what he deserved. At the academy I went to they told us time and time again that a person looking at your gun can be a threat. Reason being is the average person looks at an officers weapon for a few seconds mostly out of curiosity as to what type of gun it is (norm). For the average crook though that wants to take it, they are going to be staring at your weapon and your holster.
It goes to show that not only are the hands dangerous and leading but so is a person's eyes.
My prayers are with the officer and his family.Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.
Remember who you are, and where you came from. That way you never get a big head.
May those that lost their lives in 9-11 RIP, for the things you did not many could do. You left so many behind so that you could save so few. For now we stand strong as one, and will not look back till the fight is done. (me)
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04-27-06, 06:56 PM #8FishTail Guest
Thoughts for the officer.
This is the one and only reason I'm ever glad I don't carry a gun.
04-27-06, 08:34 PM #9
My thoughts are with the officer, his family and his colleagues.
04-28-06, 02:46 AM #10
A man who argued with workers at an airport ticket counter grabbed a police officer's gun and shot a patrolman before he was killed by another officer Thursday, authorities said.
The patrolman was shot twice in the chest and was in stable condition, authorities said.
The shootings at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport followed a disturbance earlier Thursday morning involving the same man in an airport parking garage, city Safety Director Martin Flask said.
The man then tried unsuccessfully to buy a ticket at the Delta Air Lines counter. After arguing with a Delta employee, he went to the adjacent United Airlines ticket counter and bought a ticket to Chicago, Flask said.
The United workers called police about the man, who then got into a confrontation with two officers, authorities said.
Authorities would not give any details on the argument at the ticket counter or the incident in the parking garage.
Flask said the man had a criminal record that included prison stays for burglary and drugs. His name was withheld while authorities confirmed his identity through fingerprints.
The shooting, shortly after 10 a.m., was in an area before security check points. The airport remained open and no flights were delayed.
The patrolman, Steve Walker, 52, was alert and talking to his wife Thursday afternoon, said Dr. Charles Yowler, a trauma physician at MetroHealth Medical Center. A Cleveland police officer for 18 years, Walker had cracked ribs, a damaged lung and a bullet lodged in his back, the doctor said.
04-28-06, 03:35 AM #11
What would make your attempt to buy a plane ticket unsuccessful? No room, or something criminal/attitude keeping him off?
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