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PHOENIX - Police arrested a man armed with four loaded guns inside the Phoenix Convention Center Thursday during Phoenix Comicon.
Officers said the 30-year-old Valley man was armed with a shotgun, three handguns and knives, as well as ammunition and "other handheld weapons." Police said he was wearing body armor.
He struggled with officers, according to police, but nobody was injured in the incident. He has not been identified.
A woman reported that the man was posting photos of Phoenix police officers from the event on social media. Police immediately responded to take him into custody around noon.
Police officials believe the man intended to attack officers, but he was taken into custody before ever drawing or pointing a gun.
Gunman Arrested at Phoenix Comicon Claimed He’s The Punisher and Wanted to Kill Jason David Frank
According to court documents, the 31-year-old Mesa resident told Phoenix Police detectives that he was a real-life version of famed Marvel Comics vigilante The Punisher. He also stated that he would kill “bad police officers” if need be to protect himself or his friends.
Both revelations were included in court documents, specifically a lengthy probable cause statement written by detectives who interviewed Sterling after his arrest. The statement also detailed how he slipped past security and was apprehended by police.
New Times has also learned that Sterling allegedly wanted to kill Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actor Jason David Frank (a special guest at this year’s Phoenix Comicon) and claimed he had a vendetta against the star.
originally posted by: JAY1980
Just realized how hard it must be to do accurate security screenings at a comic convention.
"Rocket launcher, 2 machine guns, and... a baby."
"Everything seems in order here. Move along."
Props to the officers for stopping this!
originally posted by: Nyiah
Wonderful. Even the NGD (nerds, geeks, dorks) conventions are a po-po revenge target. Can't we just let people have their fun?
We have a serious anti-LEO problem with our society, I really don't think it's going away any time soon.