Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon after struggling with police

Armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon after struggling with police

A man armed with loaded handguns and a shotgun was arrested at Phoenix Comicon yesterday and told police he meant to kill "bad" police officers as well as Jason David Frank, the actor known for being the Green Power Ranger who is attending the convention, according to court documents. The man had reportedly been taking photos of police officers at the annual event, and posting them on social media sites, allegedly intending to use his weapons to injure the officers.

Police said 31-year-old Mathew Sterling made threats to harm a performer at the event.

He arrived at the entertainment and comic convention with three handguns, one shotgun and the knives.

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Police said he was wearing body armor.

Court paperwork said that in the interview with police and in prior Facebook messages, Sterling said he was at Phoenix Comicon to finish a "job".

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He was taken into custody without incident after a brief struggle with police, according to Fortune.

"He was immediately removed from the venue and taken to police headquarters for questioning", Fortune said.

Exhibitor Hall vendors will still be selling props and simulated weapons.

However, Sergeant Mercedes Fortune revealed the Sterling's weapons weren't checked. "You always hear us say, if you see something, say something, this is a great example of that: This person saw some behavior that was suspicious". The Phoenix Comicon is being held at the Phoenix Convention Center in the downtown area of Arizona's capital. It is most likely this is an "isolated incident". "This includes costume props for staff, crew, costuming groups, panelists, and participants in the masquerade ball". There will also be an increased police presence with both uniformed and non-uniformed officers.

Also, beginning Friday, expect delays on entrance into the event, due to additional added security screenings and a decrease in entry points into venue.

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