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A man who used landscaping rocks to smash car windows and threaten the mother of his children was shot several times outside Dallas Love Field Airport Friday afternoon after lunging at a police officer, police say.
The incident started a domestic disturbance outside baggage claim between the woman and man, according to Randall Blakenbaker, Asst. Police Chief of the Dallas Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit.
Blankenbaker said it appeared that the man, who family members have identified as 29-year-old Shawn Nicholas Diamond, had used a large rock from nearby landscaping to smash the back window and driver’s side window of a car. When the officer intervened, the Diamond lunged at him, police said. That’s when the officer fired at the Diamond, striking him four times, according to Blakenbaker.
“There doesn’t appear to be any other weapon present than the rock,” Blankenbaker said.
Diamond was conscious when transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. Though his condition is unknown, his injuries are not believed to be critical, according to spokesman Jose Torres.
Blankenbaker said no children were present during the disturbance and the woman wasn’t injured.
Video recorded from witness Bryan Armstrong showed the chaotic scene unfold as travelers screamed and scrambled for cover outside the upper-level baggage claim area.
As many as nine gunshots can be heard in Armstrong’s video before a police officer is seen holding a gun on an unseen individual, telling that person to stay down and get back.
Asked why the officer fired so many rounds at a man holding a rock, Blankenbaker said only that he did not know how many shots were fired. “We have to conduct an investigation over those types of speculation.”
The Transportation Security Administration confirms to NBC 5 that they are “aware of the incident,” but that “this is a local law enforcement matter.”
The officer, whose name has not been released, was placed on routine administrative leave, per department policy, while the shooting is investigated.
Diamond was arrested last Tuesday in Carrollton after police say he crashed his vehicle into several trees in a city park. He was charged with criminal mischief, according to a police report.
Flights into Love Field are arriving on schedule. Departing flights are expected to be delayed as all passengers are being re-screened before being allowed to board any aircraft.
“There were some folks in the security line who were startled, so they went through the security line without being checked. So the airport has had to pull everybody back out of the secure area and recheck them for security purposes,” Blankenbaker said.
Southwest Airlines released the following statement Friday afternoon:
As the investigation into today’s shooting outside Dallas Love Field continues, Southwest confirms all of our Employees and Customers are safe, and that we’re working with local and federal authorities to fully restore our operation at the airport. Vehicular traffic is being routed around the active investigation scene by local police. Customers traveling to and from Dallas Love Field today should consult Southwest.com for the latest information regarding specific flights, and flexibility to change travel plans that involve Dallas today. We’re working with air traffic controllers nationwide to manage inbound air traffic. The airfield remains open and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working to secure all areas of the building and screen a backlog of people and baggage created by the incident. Flights already bound for Dallas will be able to land, taxi to a gate, and our Customers will be able to deplane into the terminal.
Flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are not impacted, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
No additional information was immediately available.
NBC 5’s Scott Gordon and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.
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