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A nearly three-hour standoff with police at the Orlando International Airport was caused by a mentally distressed former Marine who was armed with a fake gun in an attempt of a “suicide by cop,” authorities said.

No one was hurt and no shots were fired before 26-year-old Michael Wayne Pettigrew surrendered to crisis negotiators.

Orland Police Chief John Mina said hundreds officers stormed into the airport’s car rental area Tuesday night, some with their guns drawn. Pettigrew was seen waving what looked like a real gun at officers and himself.

“When the officers got there, they realized this was a person in mental distress and wanted to do the whole ‘suicide by cop’ thing,” Mina said, FOX 35 Orlando reported.

Part of the airport was evacuated and the standoff caused confusion and anxiety among travelers.

Glorializ Colon Plaza, 20, told the Orlando Sentinel she was just getting off work from Virgin Atlantic airlines when she saw everyone hiding. She got off the elevator and saw the man on the floor near the rental car area. He was screaming, and cops had surrounded him.

 “I couldn’t make out the words, but he was screaming really loud,” she said. “Everyone there told me right before this happened a man said to everyone: `You’re going to need mental therapy after this,’ then he pulled out a gun and everyone ran.”

Plaza said she didn’t hear any gunshots or see anyone injured.

“I saw all the cops with the long rifles and started shaking,” she said. “It didn’t seem real.”

Pettigrew was being held for a mental evaluation and faces aggravated assault charges.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more at FOX 35 Orlando.



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