Police: Woman who opened fire at Dallas airport shot at officer

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Travelers approach the main entrance of Dallas Love Field in Dallas on Monday, July 25, 2022. A 37-year-old woman fired several shots Monday, apparently to the ceiling, at Dallas’ Love Field Airport before an officer shot and injured her, the police said. authorities. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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A woman accused of firing multiple shots at a Dallas airport has been charged with aggravated assault against an officer for allegedly shooting a police officer once, according to a warrant.

The officer shot and injured Portia Odufuwa, who was taken to a hospital after Monday’s shooting at Dallas Love Field Airport. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said during a news conference on Tuesday that Odufuwa, who is not allowed to possess a firearm, may face additional charges.

Odufuwa, who had no luggage, entered the ticketing area, then went to a restroom and emerged with her hands in the pockets of a hooded sweatshirt, according to the arrest warrant. Garcia said she then walked into the ticketing area and said she had to make an announcement.

“Witnesses say that Odufuwa started talking about marriage, incarceration and that she went to blow up the airport and then pulled a gun from her sweatshirt,” Garcia said.

She fired two shots into the ceiling before Dallas agent Ronald Cronin told her to drop the weapon and she then fired in his direction, the warrant said. Garcia said Cronin took cover behind a self-check-in kiosk and fired, hitting her multiple times. Cronin was not beaten, and neither was anyone except Odufuwa.

Surveillance footage released by police shows people ducking behind kiosks, falling to the ground and running as Odufuwa begins firing.

Garcia praised Cronin’s actions and said he not only “didn’t hesitate” to deal with the suspect, but also tried to get others in the area to safety. “I know his actions saved lives and prevented more injuries,” Garcia said.

The prison records do not mention a lawyer representing Odufuwa.

Garcia has said that Odufuwa was shot in her “lower limb.” He said on Tuesday she had surgery and was stable.

Operations at Love Field, one of the two major airports in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, were suspended for hours and dozens of flights were canceled after the shooting.

Garcia said authorities are still investigating a motive, but Odufuwa has been arrested several times in recent years and found incapable of trial on more than one occasion.

A judge last year found her incompetent to stand trial after she was charged with making a false report, court records show. The judge found that she posed no danger to others and referred her to outpatient mental health care.

In that case, she was charged with setting off a fire alarm at a hotel after her request to extend her stay was denied, police said in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite. The records show that the charges were dismissed.

In 2019, she was found ineligible for a trial in a Wylie suburban bank robbery, The Dallas Morning News reported. She underwent treatment and court records show that the case was ultimately dismissed.

Also that year, she was arrested for arson after telling a police officer responding to a house fire in Mesquite that she started the fire and was “God’s prophet,” according to a police report. She also told police she was married to singer Chris Brown, the police report said. The Dallas County District Attorney’s office said the charges were dismissed for lack of scientific evidence to support a conviction.

On Monday, she was also heard at the airport making comments about Brown, according to the arrest warrant.

Garcia said Odufuwa has been prohibited from possessing a firearm since August 2018. He said police were working with federal authorities to find out where she got the gun.

“It wasn’t hers. It was not registered on her. Obviously she got it from someone else, but we’re trying to figure out exactly where,” Garcia said.

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