Gunman Dead in Shooting at Houston Airport
He may have killed himself while being confronted by security
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2013 4:09 PM CDT
A file photo of Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – A man who fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston's largest airport was killed today after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling, police said. It's unclear whether the unidentified man fatally shot himself or was killed by a Homeland Security agent who had confronted him. Police say the man walked into the ticketing area in Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 1:35 pm 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. The man refused, so the agent shot at him, said a police spokesman. At the same time the agent was firing, it appeared the gunman was shooting himself, said the spokesman. The man died at the scene, and an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow. The terminal was closed, but the rest of the airport was still running.

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May 3, 2013 12:55 AM CDT
This thread is as pathetic as a yahoo thread. I've seen some low level debate on Newser before, but this thread is a new low. Very discouraging trend. Maybe it's time to start moderating off topic comments that only serve to hurl personal, immature, and unintelligent insults.
May 2, 2013 10:58 PM CDT
Sounds to me like a clear case of "suicide by cop". Anybody wanting to die couldn't have picked a better spot than an AIRPORT ??
May 2, 2013 9:40 PM CDT
What a surprise and in Texas no less. Did they search the parking lot for his friend who heard him say "hold my beer and watch this", before he entered the building?