Sterling was wearing dark clothing but police didn't say if it was dressed up as a character. Weapons check can be a pretty perfunctory thing at a lot of comic cons, but I'm guessing that after this, security will be ramped up. Police said the unidentified suspect resisted arrest before being taken into custody.
Fortune said the man meant to harm Phoenix police and had been taking pictures of officers and posting them on social media. Sterling also reportedly threatened a performer at the event who was not identified.
"You always hear us say 'If you see something, say something, '" said Sgt. Fortune.
"That person knew that those posts could be credible and immediately alerted law enforcement and prevented a tragedy".
Police said he was wearing body armor. They have stated that what happened when he brought four guns and several knives to the annual event is "an isolated incident". Check out the comments on the Phoenix Comicon statement above if you don't believe me.
Phoenix Comicon organizers and Phoenix Police have outlawed all weapons, including costume and prop weapons, for the duration of the event. Multiple officers were necessary to subdue the armed man. The Phoenix Comicon is being held at the Phoenix Convention Center in the downtown area of Arizona's capital.
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"Please leave [prop weapons] at home or in your vehicles, since they will not be allowed into the facility."
The restricted entrances to the show are expected to cause long lines for an event that was already drawing 100,000 people. Purchased props will be wrapped by the vendors and must remain so while they are on-site. As a result of his arrest, prop weapons have been banned for the remainder of the con, and there will be "additional screening procedures" in place for attendees. But she called the added measures an overreaction and overkill.
Phoenix Comicon has also closed some entry points to the convention in an effort to lock down entry points.
Police will also increase the number of officers - both uniformed and plainclothes - at Comicon throughout the weekend.
Starting on Friday, these will be the only guns permitted at Phoenix Comicon 2017.
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