Dallas Police Chief Eddie García said Tuesday that the woman charged with open fire inside a terminal at Dallas airport Love Field was banned from owning a firearm for years.
At a press conference at police headquarters, García said the gun Portia Odufuwa, 37, used on Monday was not registered in her name, and added that she tried to buy a gun in Texas at least twice since 2016, but had been denied due to a circulating warrant out of New Mexico.
It’s unclear how she obtained the gun, and García said Tuesday that police have yet to search her home or speak with people she knows to discern a motive.
Odufuwa was dropped off at the airport around 11 a.m. Monday by an Uber driver. García said that although the Uber driver noticed something “peculiar” about Odufuwa, he will not be involved in the investigation.
Odufuwa walked into a bathroom and then approached the Southwest Airlines counter where witnesses heard her making comments about her “husband”, who she says is famous singer Chris Brown.
García said she said she had to make an announcement and, according to an arrest warrant affidavit obtained by The Dallas Morning Newsshouted “I’m gonna blow this up [expletive] at the top.”
Then she pulled out a gun.
Surveillance footage shows panic
Airport surveillance footage, which was released by police on Tuesday and has no sound, shows dozens of people running and stomping on the ground as Odufuwa fires into the air. A woman gets out of a wheelchair and rushes behind the ticket counter while others, including agent Ronald Cronin, protect their bodies with ticket kiosks.
At Tuesday’s press conference, García said Odufuwa fired three times into the air, but a department spokeswoman later clarified that she fired twice into the air and once toward Cronin, a 15-year veteran of the department.
Police also wrote in the affidavit that a bullet with the “trajectory located in the gazebo” near where Cronin took cover “confirmed that it was firing at the officer.” Surveillance video does not clearly show Odufuwa firing at the officer.
Cronin then shoots the woman. Only five seconds pass between when Odufuwa fires her weapon into the ceiling and when she is punched and hits the ground.
García said Cronin shot Odufuwa eight or nine times, hitting her multiple times in her “lower limbs.”
“The goal is to neutralize a threat,” García said. “You must shoot to stop the threat.”
Footage shows three other officers joining Cronin near the gazebo. In the body camera footage, someone is heard saying, “Hands up, don’t move.” What are you doing?”
A ticket kiosk facing the officer’s body camera appears to have two bullet holes in its screen.
Odufuwa pushes the gun away. As the officers walk towards her, Odufuwa is heard moaning in pain as she lies on her stomach, blood smeared on the floor below her.
An officer crouches beside her and notices a wound on her side putting Odufuwa’s hands behind her back. As the officer’s camera moves to the left, a woman is still seen protecting another person behind a gazebo with her body.
Odufuwa was taken to hospital, where she underwent surgery and was stable on Monday afternoon. No one else was injured, police said.
García praised Cronin’s bravery on Tuesday, calling him a “guardian” and a “warrior.”
“I cannot teach bravery and courage. We can do all the training in the world to prepare for these types of events, but what ultimately comes back is bravery and courage,” the leader said. “I’m very proud of him.”
Jail records show Odufuwa is facing an aggravated assault charge against an official. The charge is a first-degree felony and a conviction can result in a sentence of five to 99 years or life in prison, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.
No information on bail or the location of the jail was available Tuesday afternoon, and it was unclear whether she was still in hospital.
Odufuwa has a history of arrests, in some cases on charges that were dismissed after she was found unfit to stand trial, according to court records.
An arson case, the most serious of those against her, stems from an incident in Mesquite in October 2019, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Officers found Odufuwa surveilling a house she previously lived in.
Odufuwa told police she set the house on fire and when asked why, the affidavit said she replied, “I am the prophet of God and I need help. a lawyer, but I’m letting you all know that I caused this fire. .”
Other charges against her include robbery, criminal trespassing and false reporting — all filed in North Texas cities in recent years.
Odufuwa was charged with rob a bank at Wylie in April 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.
Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas office, said the agency was not notified of the theft. When asked why, he said he didn’t know.
Odufuwa was deemed unfit to stand trial and underwent inpatient and outpatient treatment. The case was eventually dismissed, according to court records.
It was unclear Tuesday what mental health diagnoses Odufuwa had that led her to be deemed incompetent.