Downtown Phoenix, AZ: Man armed with loaded guns and knives was arrested at Phoenix Comicon 2017.
A man armed with 4 loaded guns was arrested during Phoenix Comicon 2017 on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 inside the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix Police Department immediately responded to take him into custody around 12:00pm MST after a woman reported that the man was posting pictures of Phoenix Police Department Officers from the event on social media.
According to the Phoenix Police Department, the 30 year old man was wearing body armor and was armed with a shotgun, 3 handguns and knives, as well as ammunition and “other handheld weapons.”
The man struggled with Phoenix Police Department Officers, but nobody was injured in the incident.
At this moment, the identity of the man who was arrested wasn’t release by Phoenix Police Department.
Phoenix Police Department believe the man intended to attack officers, but he was taken into police custody before ever drawing or pointing a gun.
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According to Phoenix Police Department Sergeant Mercedes Fortune, the weapons were not checked by security and believe that this is an isolated incident.
“You always hear us say ‘If you see something, say something.’ This is a great example of that,” said Phoenix Police Department Sergeant Mercedes Fortune.
Phoenix Police Department said there will be more intensive screening to guard against any other weapons getting inside the event, which will likely slow down entry lines into the event.
Prop weapons will no longer be allowed inside, but vendors will be able to sell toy weapons if they are sealed.
If you buy a prop weapon, Phoenix Police Department will require you keep it sealed while you’re inside the venue.
Phoenix Police Department will also increase the number of uniformed and plainclothes officers at Phoenix Comicon 2017 which runs through Sunday, May 28th, 2017.
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