Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Southwest Airlines employee shot to death at Will Rogers World Airport

Armed police on the top floor of the parking deck at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. (Source: KOCO/CNN)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Nov 16 2016- Oklahoma City police identified the man who was shot and killed at the Will Rogers World Airport on Tuesday afternoon, and media reported that the suspected shooter was found dead in a truck.
The victim is 52-year-old Southwest Airlines employee Michael Winchester, according to KOCO. He was the father of former Oklahoma Sooners and current Kansas City Chiefs long-snapper James Winchester, according to
Michael Winchester was the punter for the Sooners from 1984-1986, including the 1985 national championship team.
Authorities have not released the identify of the suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, KOCO reported, saying the shooter was found inside his truck on the second floor of the airport's parking garage.
The police said this is not an active-shooter investigation. Police believe it was an isolated incident, but are still maintaining every precaution.
KWTV in Oklahoma City reported that the shooting took place outside the parking deck at about 12:30 p.m. CT. Winchester was taken to the OU Medical Center, where police confirmed he died about two hours later.
"We do not have any information to put out about a suspect vehicle or suspect," said OKCPD Public Information Officer Capt. Paco Balderrama. Police ruled out the possibility of a reported second victim after searching the area.
Arrivals and departures have been suspended until further notice, airport officials told KOCO.
"As a result of the police investigation, local flight operations have been halted," Southwest Airlines said in a prepared statement. "We're working to accommodate customers still in the airport when it was locked down, as well as canceling flights departing Oklahoma City for the rest of the day."
The airline said it was working with the police to help the investigation.

All arrivals and departures have been suspended, police said. They issued a "shelter in place" order via Twitter to people who are in the airport, and warned people with scheduled flights to stay away.

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