SAN ANTONIO — A man who opened fire at San Antonio International Airport on Thursday afternoon was shot and killed by a park police officer, authorities said.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the man drove into the airport terminal going the wrong way at about 2:30 p.m., KSAT reported. A park police officer, an 11-year veteran of the force, confronted the man, who exited his vehicle and opened fire at the officer and the building, McManus said.
The officer returned fire and struck the shooter, KENS-TV reported. The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, McManus said.
One person suffered a sprained ankle, McManus told reporters, but no one else was injured. The airport was temporarily locked down as police investigated, the television station reported.
“The officer who stopped this saved a lot of lives,” McManus told reporters. “This guy had a full box of ammunition, he had a .45-caliber handgun he was shooting at the direction of the terminal, at the police officer, and behind him. We were very lucky not to have a lot of people injured or killed.”
An airport spokesperson said the Federal Aviation Administration put a hold on arrivals and departures immediately following the shooting, but added that it was lifted after a short time, KSAT reported.
According to police, the gunman was a man in his 40s, WOAI reported.
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