Dallas Love Field shooter once said she’s a ‘prophet of God’, wife of rapper Chris Brown

Just last summer, a Dallas County judge found the woman charged with open fire inside a terminal at Dallas Love Field airport was not a danger to others, according to Dallas County records.

Portia Sharlette Odufuwa, 37.(Dallas County Sheriff’s Department)

Portia Odufuwa, 37, was fatally shot by police on Monday after she pulled out a gun at the airport, pointed it at the ceiling and fired multiple times, Dallas police said. No one else was hurt. Odufuwa was struck in the lower body and hospitalized, police said. The extent of his injuries was unknown.

Dallas County Judge Kristin Wade declared Odufuwa incompetent to stand trial in a June 2021 misdemeanor case and referred her to outpatient mental health services. Odufuwa was accused of setting off a fire alarm when there was no threat. Wade could not be reached for comment and Odufuwa’s mental state may have changed since then.

On Monday, Dallas police said Odufuwa was dropped off at the airport around 11 a.m., where she entered and emerged from the bathroom wearing a hoodie before the shooting.

Court records show she previously faced charges of arson, robbery, criminal trespassing and misrepresentation – all filed in North Texas cities in recent years. The results of some cases were unclear on Monday, although several were dismissed. Court records show she once told police she was married to celebrity Chris Brown and was “God’s prophet”.

The home listed for Portia Odufuwa in the public records is in Wylie.  A housewife...
The home listed for Portia Odufuwa in the public records is in Wylie. A woman at home declined to comment.(Rebecca Slezak / Staff Photographer)

It was unclear Monday what mental health diagnoses Odufuwa had that led to her being deemed unfit to stand trial. Being found incompetent means that defendants cannot help in their own defense or identify participants in the courtroom such as the judge. They then undergo counseling and sometimes medication to regain their skills.

It was unclear whether Odufuwa had a lawyer. A lawyer listed in court records on the arson charge said Monday that he is not currently representing her. She was recently appointed as an attorney for the County Public Defender’s Mental Health Unit. This attorney could not be reached for comment.

A woman who answered the door of a house listed for Odufuwa in public records declined to comment.. The red brick home is located in a quiet townhouse community in Wylie, about 25 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. Odufuwa’s family declined to comment.

Chris Brown’s house

In the case where Odufuwa is accused of pulling the fire alarm, Mesquite police said on Monday that she was arrested on April 25, 2021.

Police said Odufuwa was staying at a hotel in the 4000 block of Towne Crossing and was denied an extension to his stay. Odufuwa got angry and set off the fire alarm in front of the clerk, police said.

In this case, Odufuwa gave the address of Brown’s castle like his house.

This filing of a false report case was dismissed by Wade, the judge, in November 2021, even though Odufuwa “did not pass the program” when she was found unfit to stand trial, according to court records. Dallas County Court. She was expected to pursue mental health services elsewhere.

In the court records of this case, “homeless” is typed as Odufuwa’s address. Odufuwa seems to have written “not homeless just a situation” next to it.

“Prophet of God”

One of the most serious cases stems from a 2019 arson arrest in Mesquite. The Dallas County Attorney’s Office dismissed the arson case due to a lack of forensic evidence, District Attorney John Creuzot said. Creuzot said he had no further details immediately.

On October 4, 2019, at approximately 7:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Bridgewater Lane near Valleycreek Road because a house was on fire.

Odufuwa stood outside watching it burn and asked to speak to a policeman. She told the officer she was “responsible for the fire,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The officer asked her if she had started the fire intentionally, and she said “yes,” according to the affidavit. When the officer asked why, the affidavit said she replied “I am God’s prophet and I need an attorney, but I am letting you all know that I am the cause of this fire .”

Odufuwa told police she previously lived inside the house and returned because “it never burned down completely,” according to the affidavit. She said the house had already been burned down twice and officers would not understand why she burned it down, according to the affidavit.

Neighbors also confirmed to police that Odufuwa lived in the house in the past and started fires there, according to the affidavit.

Odufuwa said she walked home from “across town,” according to the affidavit. She told police she was from California and planned to return there.

She declined to give more information until she could speak with her husband, whom she identified as Brown, police wrote in the affidavit. She was not married to Brown.

In the arson case, the home owner told investigators he wanted to press charges, according to the affidavit. Police wrote in the affidavit that no one else was believed to be inside the home “as the property was in a state of disrepair due to previous fires.”

Incompetent and case closed

Odufuwa was also accused of rob a bank at Wylie on April 5, 2019.

Wylie Police say Odufuwa walked into the Bank of America in the 1300 block of West FM544 and posted a note demanding an undisclosed sum of money. Customers were moved to a safe location and responding officers found Odufuwa nearby as she attempted to flee, police said at the time.

She was declared unfit to stand trial and underwent inpatient and outpatient treatment. The case was eventually dismissed, according to court records. It was unclear Monday why she was deemed incompetent.

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