Dallas, TX – Police released surveillance video from inside the terminal at Dallas Love Field that showed the shooter firing her weapon and pointing her gun at police before she was shot on Monday (video below).
The video began when 37-year-old Portia Odufuwa stepped out of the back seat of a red sedan in front of the airport at about 11 a.m. on July 25.
It showed Odufuwa walked through the sliding doors into the area near the ticket counters and then went into a bathroom.
A moment later, the armed woman walked out of the bathroom and strolled up to the area between the ticketing counters and the check-in kiosks.
The video showed she walked back toward the Southwest Airlines ticketing counter and then turned and walked away from it as she pulled a handgun out of her pocket and pointed it into the air.
A police officer who was patrolling the airport terminal was less than 10 feet away from Odufuwa when she pulled out her gun, the video showed.
The officer backed up another 10 feet and drew his own weapon as the woman fired shots into the air.
The video showed that Odufuwa lowered her gun and pointed it in the direction of the officer before he opened fire on her and shot her.
The still-armed woman dropped to the ground and began squirming, the video showed.
Other passengers who had dropped to the ground when the gunfire started could be seen crawling away from the downed shooter as the officer kept his weapon trained on her.
Video showed small children crouching in fear behind check-in kiosks as backup officers arrived on the scene.
Security video from another angle showed the officer giving the downed suspect commands to let go of the gun and that the woman eventually pushed it away from her as more officers were arriving in the area.
Passengers could be seen crouched on the ground between the officer and the armed woman but police said that nobody else was injured during the incident.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said Odufuwa was taken to a hospital for treatment and then charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, CBS News reported.
Additional charges are expected.
Chief Garcia said the officer who shot Odufuwa was a 15-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department.
He commended the officers’ bravery and courage and said he believe his quick actions saved countless lives in the airport, CBS News reported.
Authorities said Odufuwa has a lengthy criminal history across Texas that included charges for arson, robbery, criminal trespass, and false reporting, FOX News reported.
But time and again, judges have deemed Odufuwa incompetent to stand trial and referred her to inpatient or outpatient mental health programs.
Then those cases were dismissed, FOX News reported.
Last summer, a Dallas County judge determined that Odufuwa wasn’t a danger to others.
But on Monday, she proved them all wrong when she pulled out a gun and started shooting inside the Dallas airport that serves as a hub for Southwest Airlines, FOX News reported.
Court records showed this wasn’t the first time that Odufuwa has pulled a gun in public, FOX News reported.
She was arrested in April of 2021 when she pulled a gun on a hotel front desk clerk.
After that incident, Odufuwa, who was homeless at the time, gave police the address of rapper Chris Brown’s mansion as her home address, FOX News reported.
Odufuwa was arrested for arson in October of 2019 in Mesquite after she set a house that she used to live in on fire multiple times.
“I am God’s prophet, and I need an attorney, but I’m basically letting you all know that I am the cause of this fire,” she told responding officers at the scene.
Court records showed Odufuwa told police she couldn’t give them more details until she spoke to her husband, rapper Chris Brown, FOX News reported.
She was accused of attempted bank robbery in April of 2019 after she passed a note to a teller demanding money at a Bank of America.
But once again, the judge found her unfit to stand trial and she was referred for psychiatric treatment, FOX News reported.
Watch the airport shooting unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: