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Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon; safety

PHOENIX – Police are adding extra security at the Phoenix Comicon after the arrest of a man, armed with guns and ammunition who allegedly posted online threats against the police.

“The threats indicated he was armed and intended to kill police officers,” said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, a police spokeswoman.

The man was in possession of three pistols, a rifle, a knife, ammunition, and a variety of other portable weapons, along with the wearing of a bulletproof vest, Fortune said.

He was taken into custody Thursday without incident after a short battle with the police at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“He was immediately removed from the room and taken to police headquarters for questioning,” Fortune said. “At this moment, there is no evidence to cause researchers believe that this is anything more than an isolated incident and not part of a grander scheme.”

Officers working at the location were notified about the afternoon, a suspicious man making threats against police on social media and the postings included photographs of the agents who work for the event, Fortune said.

The entertainment and comic convention began Thursday in the town.

Prop-weapons carried out in the four-day event will be deemed to have been inspected by the security, but the police says that the man is the weapons were not checked.

Police say extra security is added with additional screening and less accessible entrances to the building.

“As an additional precaution, weapons of any kind — including simulated, replica or toy weapons will not be allowed in the hall,” Fortune added.

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