Phoenix man arrested on Comicon had 4 weapons, a number of knives

A man who allegedly planned to hurt police was arrested on Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, armed with four guns and several knives.

The man had been taking and posting photos of police officers on the social media, the Phoenix police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune told AZ Central. He was arrested after a woman who knows him warned officials of his activities.

Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon may have wanted to target police officers, authorities say.

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The name of the 30-year-old man was not released.

He arrived in the entertainment and comic convention with three pistols, a shotgun and the knives. The move prompted authorities to immediately take all the necessary precautions for the four-day affair.


There will be additional screening and security reduce of entry to the location, it may cause delays. Prop-weapons, which were previously allowed to be brought on site in anticipation of security screening, is now prohibited effective Friday.

The man wore a black at the time of the incident, but the police could not determine whether he was dressed in a costume.

“This is a great victory for the Phoenix Police Department in to show that we as a community can work so well with the information that is provided to us,” Fortune mentioned. “You always hear that we say, if you see something, say something, this is a very good example of this: This person saw a behavior that was suspicious. She was receiving information, and they warned law enforcement.”

No injuries were reported.

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