RSW passengers react to Dallas airport shooting

Posted at 10:35 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-10 22:35:25-04

Southwest Florida International Airport was calm Friday afternoon, a stark contrast to Dallas Love Field. A man wielding a rock was shot at that airport.

But passengers were talking about the incident.

"You hear gunshots, like I said, you don't know if it's coming from someone trying to attack somebody there, a terrorist attack," said Tyler Gerrent.

Gerrent just flew in from Cleveland, and had not heard of the incident until we showed him the video.

"I think that's crazy, I thought the tazing thing should have been the first thing, I don't think the gunshot was necessary," said Tyler's brother Tommy, who also saw the video.

Lee County's Port Authority Police have jurisdiction over the entire airport, including the terminal.

Spokesperson Vicki Moreland says they could initiate an evacuation should one be needed to deal with a violent situation like the one in Dallas.

"I don't judge the way these people do their jobs," said another passenger. "I think when you're in that situation you don't know who you're dealing with."

But other say it's the responsibility of the police to use the right amount of force, depending on the situation.

"I thought maybe it was a little lethal, I would have hoped they could have used some less lethal force at first," said Andy Massari.

A TSA Spokesperson told Fox-4, every airport in the country has to coordinate with local police on an action plan to deal with a potentially violent situation, otherwise that airport can't have commercial air service.