Police Shooting Snarls Flights at Dallas Love Field Airport

  • One man wounded by officer after apparent domestic dispute
  • Passengers are being re-screened by security officials

A man who allegedly threatened a woman with a rock was shot by a police officer outside Dallas Love Field airport Friday, snarling flights and causing a shutdown of security and baggage areas.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital in unknown condition, Dallas Police Assistant Chief Randy Blankenbaker told reporters at a televised news conference at the airport. The man was shot after advancing toward the officer with the rock following what was believed to be a domestic altercation, Blankenbaker said.

The shooting occurred outside the airport’s baggage claim area, and video of the incident was recorded on a mobile phone by at least one person. The airport, near downtown Dallas, was placed on a ground stop by the Federal Aviation Administration, said Southwest Airlines Co., which operates most flights there. That meant that departures scheduled to leave for Love Field were halted until 3:30 p.m. in Dallas.

Transportation Security Administration security lines were closed after the shooting and police said all people in the airport would have to be re-screened.

Police Confrontation

The family involved in the dispute had been in a car parked outside the baggage area. The woman and children weren’t injured, police said.

“We believe that he had a rock,” Blankenbaker said of the man. “There are a number of very large rocks next to the car that had been damaged. He was involved in an altercation with the lady and then with the officer.”

Reports in local media showed long security lines snaking through the airport after screening checkpoints were reopened. It wasn’t known how long the baggage claim facility would remain shut.

“Southwest confirms all of our employees and customers are safe and that we’re working with local and federal authorities to fully restore our operation at the airport,” the carrier said in a statement.

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