Massive police presence following reports of shots fired at Orlando International Airport
- Nick Mcbride
Micahel Pettigrew pointed the gun at officers and said "shoot me, shoot me", the department said in a Twitter post.
Orlando Police said the suspect is "contained but not in custody", and speaking with a crisis negotiator.
Michael Wayne Pettigrew, 26, a former Marine who was armed with a fake gun and was in "mental distress".
An armed man at the Orlando International Airport was taken into custody Tuesday night after a almost three-hour standoff with police, authorities said.
Plaza said she didn't hear any gunshots or see anyone injured.
Hundreds of officers responded to the emergency call at 7:24 p.m. and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer tweeted his thanks for their "professionalism managing situation. and keeping everyone safe".
Entrances are open at the airport, but it is congested, airport officials said.
Airport operations were returning to normal late Tuesday night.
Police officers are communicating with the man at a rental vehicle location inside Level 1, Airside A. According to authorities, he has not harmed anyone or himself, but right now, officers are attempting to get the man to relinquish the weapon.
Spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell tells the Orlando Sentinel that law enforcement officers are on the scene Tuesday night.
The Florida Highway Patrol closed all roads leading to the airport.
Images posted on social media showed a heavy police presence in the area and passengers were anxious about missing flights.