04/27/2006

Officer shot at Cleveland airport ticket counter

The Associated Press

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A police officer was shot inside Cleveland's airport Thursday after confronting a man at a ticket counter, officials said.

Several shots rang out as the two struggled, and both the officer and the man he had confronted were taken to hospitals, said Fred Szabo, director of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Szabo wasn't sure if the man was armed or if he had grabbed the officer's gun. The shooting, shortly after 10 a.m., was in an area before security check points. The airport remained open.

"I don't want to venture a guess, but we have several witnesses who saw it happen, a number of police officers, TSA employees and some passengers as well," Szabo said.

No employees at the United Airlines ticket counter were wounded in the shooting, United spokesman Robin Urbanski told The Associated Press. MetroHealth would not released the unidentified officer's condition, but confirmed that he was at the hospital.

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