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Rock-throwing man shot by Dallas police at Love Field

A rock-throwing man who rushed a Dallas police officer was shot by the officer outside a baggage claim entrance at Love Field about noon Friday, police said.

The man, who has not been identified, had been in a domestic disturbance with the mother of his children when the police officer intervened, assistant police chief Randall Blankenbaker said.

The man had damaged the woman’s car with rocks. When the police officer came to the woman’s aid, Blankenbaker said, the man rushed toward the police officer with rocks.

The officer “separated from that individual, but that man came toward him again, so he discharged his weapon several times,” Blankenbaker said.

An Instagram video posted about 12:15 p.m. by Bryan Armstrong to the account Flashyfilms_ appears to show the police officer standing outside a baggage claim entrance and firing multiple shots toward the building.

Nine shots are heard on the video. At one point, the officer yells, “Stay down! Stay down! Stay down!” as bystanders with luggage look on. One distressed man carrying a large bag on his back put his hand on his head, peeked around a corner and said, “Oh my god.”

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital. Blankenbaker said he believed the man was conscious, but no further details on his condition were available. The officer and the woman involved were not injured.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, Blankenbaker said.

The shooting temporarily shut down the airport, forcing security to clear the terminal and send about 6,000 passengers through security again.

Security lines were back to normal by 3:30 p.m., the airport announced, though flights were still delayed an average of 48 minutes, according to FlightAware.com.

Delayed Southwest Airlines flights began departing the airport about 4:30 p.m., the company announced.

“Customers traveling to and from Dallas Love Field today should consult ‪Southwest.com for the latest information regarding specific flights, and flexibility to change travel plans that involve Dallas today,” Southwest Airlines said in a statement.

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