HOUSTON (AP) — A man who had fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston’s largest airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, police said Thursday.
It’s unclear if the man fatally shot himself or was killed by a Homeland Security agent who had confronted him, said Houston police spokesman Kese Smith. The man’s name was not released by police, but they said he was about 30-years-old.
Police say the man walked into the ticketing area in Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 1:35 p.m. and fired at least one shot into the air. The agent, who was in his office, came out and confronted the man, telling him to drop his weapon, but the man refused, police said.
“The suspect then turned toward the special agent. The special agent, fearing for his safety and all the passengers in the terminal, discharged his weapon at the same time it appears the suspect may have shot himself,” Smith said.
The man died at the scene. An autopsy will be conducted Friday.
Police would not say what kind of weapon the man had.
The terminal was closed, but the rest of the airport was still running. Houston police Capt. Dwayne Ready said the terminal was still an active crime scene and it was unclear when it would reopen.
Darian Ward, a spokeswoman for the Houston Airport System, said passengers who were scheduled to leave from Terminal B were being rerouted to other terminals.