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Airport police in Columbus, Ohio, fatally shot a person outside of a terminal Wednesday afternoon during an escalating confrontation, officials said. No shots were exchanged and no officers were hurt in the incident just before 1 p.m. ET at the Port Columbus International Airport's second-level curb, where passengers are dropped off for departing flights, NBC affiliate WCMH reported.

Details about the confrontation weren't immediately released. Airport spokesman David Whitaker told reporters that police were investigating why the shooting victim, identified only as a male, was at the airport. He appeared to be alone and a bomb squad was called to his vehicle as a precaution, Whitaker added.

The drop-off area remained closed Wednesday afternoon, although there was no longer an active threat, police said. Travelers were being ushered to the lower-level arrivals section of the facility and flights were resuming normal operation, the airport said on Twitter.


— Erik Ortiz