Police say they're investigating an officer-involved shooting Thursday night at the Miami airport that shut down a terminal as people looked to leave Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma. Miami-Dade Police said in a tweet that the situation involved a single suspect and is under control. WPLG reports that the suspect was a man with a knife trying to get to the roof of Concourse J, which was temporarily closed. Witnesses say the man appeared drunk. The shooting comes as many travelers are trying to get out of the path of the Category 5 hurricane, which devastated a string of Caribbean islands and is on its way to Florida.
Shawn Woodford and his wife were about to board a flight home to Canada when firetrucks and police cars came "flying across the tarmac" and "surrounded a plane at the gate next to us," he tells the AP. The plane at the gate Woodford identified was a LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago, Chile, according to Miami's departures board. A short time later, police came into the terminal and "said 'everybody out of here' and evacuated the entire concourse," he says. It wasn't immediately clear how the closure was affecting flights. Miami's airport departures notifications showed several delays for flights at J gates. But Woodford was able to board his flight for Toronto at a different concourse hours later. (Read more Miami stories.)