Comicon props banned after armed man arrested

Police say a man armed with three handguns, a shotgun, ammunition and some knives has been arrested at the Phoenix Comicon convention.

Officers working at the venue were alerted about noon to a suspicious man making threats against police on social media and the postings included photos of officers working the event, Fortune said.

A spokeswoman says the man "intended to harm Phoenix police".

According to the Comicon website, police and the Phoenix Convention Center security were responsible for checking each prop weapon brought into the event.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. The police took him away from the venue and was questioned at police headquarters. Police said no prop weapons will be allowed at the event, which began Thursday.

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Phoenix Comicon has also closed some entry points to the convention in an effort to lock down entry points.

"The threats indicated that he was armed and meant to kill police officers", said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune, a police spokeswoman. This had lead to increased security checks and a ban being placed on all prop weapons for the remainder of the convention. Police said he was wearing body armor.

Police didn't identify the performer who allegedly was threatened but say the man arrested Thursday was Mathew Sterling.

Massive crowds of attendees are experiencing heavy delays Friday as they wait hours in long lines before eventually going through added security screenings and entering the event.

  • Megan Austin