Police Arrest Suspect After Chase That Closed Phoenix Airport Terminal

Police in Phoenix have arrested a shooting suspect at that city’s airport, ending a manhunt that shut down a terminal and resulted in massive delays and rerouted flights for travelers, police said.

The identity of the suspect was not immediately released, but Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos said he was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport at around 6:50 p.m., about three hours after he and another suspect — who are wanted in a shooting at a gas station — fled to the airport and caused the lockdown. No flights were allowed to enter or leave Terminal 4 while the search was underway, and the terminal reopened at around 6:10 p.m.

Police said the two men were wanted in a shooting that occurred at a gas station at 2:45 p.m., and that the suspects fled in a Pontiac Grand Am towards the airport. One of the men was taken into custody a short time later at the airport, but the second man eluded police who shut down the terminal as they searched for him. NBC affiliate KPNX reported that the terminal is the airport’s busiest, and the disruption delayed 69 outbound flights and cancelled 13 others. Flights continued to arrive and depart from the other terminals.

The man who was shot was struck in the torso and survived, police said. He is being treated at an area hospital.


— M. Alex Johnson