The woman who opened fire inside a Dallas airport before she was shot by police on Monday reportedly told authorities she’s Chris Brown’s wife. Details about the shooting and her checkered past inside…
Yesterday, police were put on high alert when a shooter fired off shots near the ticket counter inside Dallas Love Field airport. The woman has been identified as 37-year-old Portia Odufuwa.
It’s reported the woman arrived at the airport at around 10:59 a.m. and walked near the Southwest Airlines ticket counter. She went to the restroom, came out wearing different clothing, and began to fire a handgun, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia told reporters during a press conference.
Police do not know where the woman was aiming, but the shots were fired at the ceiling and police recovered several rounds.
Disturbing videos of passengers running for safety and hiding in the terminal were posted on social media. See some below:
We have video from inside Love Field Airport in Dallas that captures the moment officers shot and wounded a woman who was firing a gun in the air. It shows panicked passengers on the ground. A warning that the video also recorded the woman yelling after she was shot in the leg pic.twitter.com/EAxPXew6se
— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) July 25, 2022
Passengers waiting for their flights quickly took cover when a 37-year-old woman fired multiple gunshots towards the ceiling at Dallas Love Field Airport. The woman was taken into custody after a responding officer shot and injured her. No other injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/CrxGnOcWx4
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Authorities shot the alleged shooter in her leg to restrain her and she remains in the hospital for her injuries. No travelers were injured in the gunfire.
It appears the woman has a history of mental illness and violent crimes, including bank robbery, arson, criminal trespass and false reporting, which were filed in cities across North Texas over the past several years.
Court documents state that one more than one occasion - when she was brought in on prior offenses - she would give Chris Brown’s home address as her contact information because she claimed to be married to the entertainer. In addition to her imaginary marriage to the global superstar, she also previously told police she was “God’s prophet.”
The New York Post reports:
In October 2019, Odufuwa was found staring at a burning house in Mesquite — telling cops that she was “responsible,” the paper noted, citing the arrest warrant.
“I am God’s prophet … I’m basically letting you all know that I am the cause of this fire,” she told cops, according to the records.
The owner of the home — which was already damaged by two previous fires — wanted to pursue charges.
However, despite Odufuwa’s alleged confessions, charges were not filed because of a lack of scientific evidence, District Attorney John Creuzot told the Morning News without elaborating.
At the time, she was only free because she had been found incompetent to stand trial for allegedly robbing a bank in April 2019, the paper said. The case was dismissed and Odufuwa reportedly underwent both inpatient and outpatient treatment.
The most recent case cited in the report — from June last year — ended with an almost identical outcome. Dallas County Judge Kristin Wade found Odufuwa incompetent to stand trial in a misdemeanor case for pulling a fire alarm — but found she posed no danger to the public.
The case was dropped and the disturbed suspect was merely referred to outpatient mental health services, the paper said.
It was unclear what mental health diagnoses Odufuwa has that led to her being found incompetent to stand trial, the Morning News said, noting that it could have also changed since her last case. The judge could not be reached for comment, the outlet said.
We're glad no one was injured during the shooting. We hope she gets the help that she needs.
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