Phoenix, Arizona - Phoenix police officers took down a suspect armed with a shotgun, three handguns, and a lot of knives after they received a tip that he appeared to be planning to ambush officers at Phoenix Comicon.
On Thursday afternoon, a woman reported that the 30-year-old suspect was taking pictures of Phoenix police officers and posting them to social media and telling at least one person that he planned to attack the officers at Phoenix Comicon, according to KVOA.
Comicons are comic and entertainment conventions and are frequently attended by people dressed up as their favorite characters, many carrying fake weapons. It's common for these events to have officers on-hand to inspect all weapons to ensure that they are fake, but there was no such security at Phoenix Comicon.
The venue, no doubt, allowed the suspect to blend in while carrying a small arsenal of weapons.
Officers were alerted, and witnesses say that they forcibly took him to the ground while he resisted arrest. He was found to be in possession of the weapons and ammunition.
Comicon is immediately changing their security policy after this incident, and no weapons or prop weapons of any kind will be allowed in the future.
The suspect's motivation had not been released at this time, and it's unknown what charges he will be facing.
Thanks to a good Samaritan who wasn't afraid to speak up, the lives of the officers could have been saved today.
"You always hear us say 'If you see something, say something,'" said Sgt. Mercedes Fortune. "This is a great example of that."
Would you speak up if you saw something suspicious? Or would you excuse it away and ignore potential danger? Feel free to let us know in the comments.