The Latest: Police: Man told officer he'd have to shoot

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Posted: Jun 10, 2016 8:47 PM
The Latest: Police: Man told officer he'd have to shoot

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on reports of shots fired at Dallas Love Field airport (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

Police say a man shot by an officer after making a threatening move toward him with a rock in each hand at Dallas Love Field told the officer, "You're going to have to shoot."

Police have now identified the man shot outside the airport terminal Friday as Shawn Nicholas Diamond of Edgewood, Maryland. At a news conference, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Diamond was in stable condition at a Dallas hospital.

Brown said Diamond's ex-girlfriend was dropping him off at the airport when he began pummeling her car with a traffic cone and large landscaping rocks.

Surveillance video showed a police officer intervening and aiming his handgun at Diamond when he began advancing menacingly toward the officer with a rock in each hand. When Diamond darted around the officer, the officer shot him and ordered him to stay down.

When Diamond got up and began running, the officer fired several more shots.

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5 p.m.

Officials say that when a police officer opened fire outside a Dallas airport on a man involved in a domestic disturbance, one bullet hit an exterior glass wall and the rest hit the suspect.

Officials said they didn't know yet how many bullets were fired Friday. In video posted by Instagram user @flashyfilms — and credited to Bryan Armstrong, at least nine gunshots could be heard.

Dallas police Sgt. Mike Beattie, who is stationed at Love Field, says that the bullet that hit the glass wall outside the airport's baggage claim area didn't penetrate it because of the protective film.

The condition of the man shot was unclear, however one officer at the scene, who would not be named, said he was told that the victim "absorbed" all the other bullets.

Beattie says airport police receive specific training to be attentive to suspicious-looking travelers and that DPD provides "crowded-environment training" to all its officers every two years.

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4:45 p.m.

Officials at Dallas Love Field airport say security checkpoint operations are back to normal after all travelers had to be rescreened following a police shooting on the sidewalk near baggage claim.

The airport said Friday afternoon that there were no lines at security checkpoints and flights were departing, but with many delays.

The shooting occurred around noon. Police say an officer shot a man while responding to a domestic disturbance outside the airport.

Airport spokesman Jose Torres says some people who heard gunfire ran through security, which required everyone to be rescreened.

Southwest Airlines, the dominant airline at Dallas Love Field, released a statement saying it was working with air traffic controllers nationwide to manage inbound flights.

According to tracking service flightaware.com, at least eight flights operated by Southwest and one by Virgin America were diverted to other airports.

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2:15 p.m.

People are streaming out of Dallas Love Field and hours-long delays are being reported after police shot a man outside the airport during a domestic disturbance.

Some travelers were on airplanes when the shooting occurred Friday afternoon but were ordered off when the terminal was cleared. They said Transportation Safety Administration officials were estimating it would take five hours to get through security.

Assistant Dallas Police Chief Randall Blankenbaker says the incident started when an officer responded to reports of a man using rocks to attack a woman in a car outside the airport. Blankenbaker says the man rushed the officer at least twice, and that the officer eventually fired his weapon.

Blankenbaker says the man was shot and taken to a hospital. His condition wasn't immediately released.

Police say no other injuries were immediately reported.

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1:50 p.m.

A witness says the man shot by police outside a Dallas airport was yelling and daring a police officer to shoot him.

Lucinda Fonseca told WFAA-TV that she and her husband were coming out of the baggage claim Friday afternoon at Dallas Love Field when they heard a commotion and the constant blaring of a horn. She says they then saw a man throwing rocks at a vehicle.

Fonseca says police started to approach, including one who had his gun drawn.

She says the man was yelling at the officer, "basically saying 'shoot me, shoot me, I dare you,' something to that effect." She says she later heard gunfire.

She says, "I crouched down on the ground. I didn't know where the bullets were going." She says she later saw a man on the ground, with blood on his hands and shirt. She said, "it was terrifying."

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1:35 p.m.

Police say an officer has shot a man outside a Dallas airport while responding to a domestic disturbance.

Assistant Dallas Police Chief Randall Blankenbaker says a man was using rocks to attack a woman in a car at Dallas Love Field on Friday afternoon when an officer responded to the incident.

Blankenbaker says the man rushed the officer. He says the officer was able to get away before he was rushed again by the man. Blankenbaker says the officer then fired his weapon at the man several times. He says the man was taken to a local hospital, but that his condition wasn't immediately released.

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1:30 p.m.

An airport spokesman says police have a "situation" at Dallas Love Field under control after reports of shots fired outside a baggage claim.

Spokesman Jose Torres says he doesn't have details about what prompted an altercation at the airport Friday afternoon.

Video posted by Instagram user @flashyfilms— and credited to Bryan Armstrong shows people scattering outside a baggage claim door as an officer in a yellow vest trains a gun toward a baggage claim entrance. At least eight gunshots can be heard as a man's voice repeatedly yells "stand down!" A woman can be heard screaming.

Dallas police planned a news conference at the airport Friday afternoon.

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1:15 p.m.

Television footage shows a police presence at Dallas Love Field airport following reports of shots fired outside a baggage claim.

Video posted on an Instagram account early Friday afternoon shows people scattering outside a baggage claim door as an officer in a yellow vest trains a gun toward a baggage claim entrance. At least eight gunshots can be heard as a man's voice repeatedly yells "stand down!" A woman can be heard screaming.

Dallas police and airport officials did not immediately respond to requests for details from The Associated Press.