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Police release video of officer shooting a woman who fired a gun at Dallas Love Field airport

The incident unfolded Monday near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter.
The police apprehend a woman following a shooting at the Dallas Love Field Airport
Police apprehend a woman after a shooting Monday at Dallas Love Field airport.Dallas Police Department

Dallas police released video Tuesday of the incident involving a woman who fired a gun at Dallas Love Field before an officer shot her.

The woman, wearing a black hoodie, looked to be aiming the weapon in the air late Monday morning before she bought it down and pointed it straight, prompting 15-year Dallas police veteran Ronald Cronin to shoot immediately.

The surveillance video was played with no sound. Passengers in the terminal could be seen in a panic, running away, taking over and hitting the floor.

"I'm very proud of him,” Police Chief Eddie Garcia told reporters, referring to the officer. "If it was appropriate, I would have given that officer a medal right here in front of all of you today."

Before the woman pulled a gun, she told bystanders she had an announcement to make, police said.

The suspect" started to ramble, talking about a marriage, incarceration and that she was going to blow up the airport and then pulls a handgun from her sweatshirt," Garcia said.

She fired "multiple rounds" into the ceiling at 11:06 a.m. CT before Cronin ordered her to drop her weapon, Garcia said.

That's when the woman lowered the weapon and pointed it toward Cronin and a bystander, Garcia said.

The officer could be seen quickly taking cover behind a ticketing kiosk before he angled himself to shoot the suspect.

Garcia praised his officer’s fast work in bringing down the armed woman before anyone else could be harmed.

"The goal is to neutralize a threat. You have to shoot to stop the threat," Garcia said of the officer, who fired eight or nine rounds, striking the woman multiple times.

The suspect, Portia Odufuwa, 37, underwent surgery and will face charges that include aggravated assault on a public servant, Garcia said.

The suspect claimed that she is married to R&B singer Chris Brown, according to a police affidavit and witness Colby James, 33, a machinist from St. Martinville, Louisiana.

"Her husband was cheating, and her husband was Chris Brown," James told NBC News. "The singer Chris Brown. I think she was delusional."

Representatives for Brown could not immediately be reached for comment.

Five rounds were left in her magazine, and three bullet casings were recovered, police said.

Odufuwa has a long criminal record, Garcia said.

She tried to buy a gun twice at the same pawn shop in August 2016 but was denied each time because of an outstanding traffic warrant out of New Mexico.

The gun used in Monday's incident is not registered to Odufuwa, and investigators are still trying to determine how she got it.

She was also arrested on April 5, 2019, in connection with an alleged bank robbery in Wylie, and she was taken into custody again on Oct. 4 of that year in connection with an allegation of arson in Mesquite, police said.

Police have not disclosed a possible motive for Monday's shooting; mental health played a role in her long arrest record. The suspect was detained on Sept. 28, 2020, at Love Field for a mental health evaluation, Garcia said.

Court records showed that a judge last year found her incompetent to stand trial after she was charged with making a false report. However, she wasn't found to be a danger to others, and she was sent to outpatient mental health services.

And in the 2019 bank robbery case, she was found incompetent to stand trial. The case was dismissed after she underwent treatment, court records showed.