ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Sunport is shut down and all flights diverted or cancelled as crisis intervention teams negotiate with a suicidal man harming himself in the main terminal, a spokesman for the police department said.
Officer Simon Drobik said the incident started around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning when the man was taken off a departing flight after making a scene.
Airport officers worked to calm him down by providing him with food and a new ticket, but the man was able to make his way to a kiosk and break a mug which he then used as a weapon, Drobik said in a news conference.
Drobik said that the man harmed himself with the mug, and is currently on the elevated flight observation deck.
“It’s very much a concern for us, because he does have a weapon in his hand. The main point is trying to get him off the balcony,” Drobik said. “This guy is definitely in crisis and we’re trying to help him.”
Sunport remains completely shut down while crisis intervention teams and officers attempt to help the man. All incoming flights are being diverted and outbound flights are cancelled until the situation is resolved.
“We have hundreds of people stuck inside the airport right now. We’re trying to accommodate them, make them safe,” Drobik said.
Drobik said that the airport will remain shut down for a while until the situation is resolved.