Shots fired at Dallas airport, shooter taken down

A woman who opened fire at Dallas Love Field Airport was taken down by a police officer before she could injure anyone on Monday.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Portia Odufuwa, 37, now faces a charge of aggravated assault against a public servant.

An Uber driver dropped Odufuwa off at the airport at about 11 a.m. on Monday; the driver said he noticed something “peculiar” about her, according to police.

“Odufuwa went inside a bathroom, then approached the Southwest Airlines ticket counter where witnesses overheard her making comments about her ‘husband,’ who she said is celebrity singer Chris Brown,” the Dallas Morning News reported.

According to police, she then said she needed to make a statement.

“I am going to blow this [expletive] up,” she declared, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit.

She then allegedly pulled out a handgun and began firing. Two shots were fired in the air and one shot at a police officer, Ronald Cronin.

Cronin returned fire and hit the suspect eight or nine times in her lower extremities.

Footage then shows three more officers joining Cronin by the suspect. “Put your hands up, don’t move. What are you doing?” one officer can be heard saying on body-cam footage.

According to CBS News, Odufuwa was in stable condition on Tuesday after undergoing surgery.

The gun was not registered to the suspect. In fact, police said, she was legally prohibited from firearm ownership for years.

While she tried to buy a gun two times in Texas since 2016, she was stymied by an outstanding New Mexico traffic warrant.

In addition, she’d faced numerous charges in Texas, including arson, robbery, criminal trespass and false reporting.

In the arson case, officers said in the arrest-warrant affidavit that she was found watching a former residence of hers burn.

She reportedly confessed to police that she set it aflame and, when asked why, responded: “I am God’s prophet, and I need an attorney, but I’m basically letting you all know that I am the cause of this fire.”

After a 2019 bank robbery charge, she was found incompetent to stand trial due to mental health diagnoses. The case was dismissed.

It’s unclear how she obtained the weapon for Monday’s shooting, police said. However, Dallas police Chief Eddie García praised Cronin’s courage under fire.

“I can’t teach bravery and courage. We can do all the training in the world to prepare for these types of events, but what it comes down to in the end is sheer bravery and courage,” García said. “I’m very proud of him.”