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Police Officer Kills Gunman At San Antonio International Airport

 San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

San Antonio police confirmed on Thursday that an active shooter situation at the San Antonio International Airport was over and the shooter was dead.

Police said the gunman was armed with a .45-caliber handgun and had a box of ammunition.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus explained at a Thursday press conference that the airport shooting began at 2:30 p.m.

A park policeman confronted a man driving the wrong way in the Terminal B arrivals pickup lanes.

The individual got out of his car and began firing indiscriminately at the officer and the airport building.

The officer returned fire and struck the individual. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to McManus. The officer was not injured. However, it was not clear if any members of the public were injured.

Police believed the man was the same person firing off an overpass at Highway 281 and Loop 1604 earlier Thursday.

McManus said the shooter was known to the police department and might have suffered from mental health issues.

The chief called the officer a hero. He added that "we were lucky not to have a lot people injured or killed."

The FAA issued a temporary ground stop but by late Thursday afternoon air traffic resumed.

This story is developing.

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Born and raised in San Antonio, Joey joined the Texas Public Radio newsroom in October of 2011. Joey graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained an associate of applied science degree in radio and television broadcasting from San Antonio College in 2010.