How much more stress can residents and tourists scrambling to evacuate southern Florida endure? Getting a ticket for a flight out of Miami is almost like winning the lottery. To even make it to the airport, after the majority of Miami gas stations have reportedly run out of fuel is a feat in and of itself, but to be told the airport terminal is shutting down over an incident with an armed man is unimaginable…
An armed man has been shot by police at Miami International Airport as thousands rush to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The confrontation between the man and the Miami-Dade officer unfolded on Thursday night and forced the evacuation of the airport’s Terminal J.
Watch video footage of the Miami-Dade police on the scene at the airport:
The man was allegedly armed with a knife and had been trying to get onto the roof of the terminal, ABC Miami reports.
Witnesses said it appeared the man was drunk and acting erratically.
He was taken to the Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. His condition is not yet known.
The terminal was immediately evacuated and shut down.
Shawn Woodford and his wife were about to board a flight home for Canada when fire trucks and police cars came ‘flying across the tarmac’ and ‘surrounded a plane at the gate next to us,’ he told The Associated Press.
The plane the gate Woodford identified was a Latam Airlines flight to Santiago, Chile, according to Miami’s departures board. Latam officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the AP.
A short time later, police came into the terminal where Woodford and his wife were and “said ‘everybody out of here’ and evacuated the entire concourse,” he said.
Woodford said the majority of the flights in the terminal were international flights.
Miami-Dade Police tweeted: ‘We can confirm a police involved shooting as a result of a security incident at @iflymia. The scene is secure and our PIO is on scene.’
They followed up shortly after confirming the scene had been secured.
‘Regarding the police involved shooting at @iflymia – there is no further threat or danger to the public at this time. FDLE will investigate.’ –Daily Mail