Phoenix police say comicon suspect threatened them

Thursday afternoon, 31-year-old Matthew Sterling - who police say was armed with three handguns, one shotgun and knives - was arrested after posting online threats against city police officers, authorities said. Based on his social media postings, his plan was to kill police officers who were at the con, essentially a domestic terrorism event in the planning.

Fans line up to enter Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center, Friday, May 26, 2017, in Phoenix.

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While the news of the arrest at the Phoenix Comicon is disturbing, the police have stated that there is no further evidence to suggest the man was working as a part of a team. A woman who knows the man reported him to police, leading to praise for the woman and her actions. He's been charged with attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault, wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest, and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.


He struggled with officers, according to police, but nobody was injured in the incident.

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

Unique characters with distinct weapons especially rely on their props to be identifiable, he said.

No officers were hurt and police said it was an isolated incident.


Police and convention organizers said they are tightening security in response to Thursday's threat.

"You always hear us say 'If you see something, say something, '" said Sgt. Fortune. Weapons check can be a pretty perfunctory thing at a lot of comic cons, but I'm guessing that after this, security will be ramped up.

Costume prop weapons are no longer allowed inside Phoenix Comicon.

Prop weapons carried into the four-day Comicon event are supposed to be inspected by security staff.


Those attending the event can expect delays because there will be fewer entry points into the Convention Center.


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