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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Florida airport shooting suspect faces death penalty

Esteban Santiago has been charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, and with two firearms offences (Broward Sheriffs Office/PA)
Esteban Santiago has been charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death, and with two firearms offences (Broward Sheriffs Office/PA)
Law enforcement officers stand guard at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (AP/Wilfredo Lee)

Prosecutors have filed charges against the Florida airport shooting suspect that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted.

A criminal complaint filed on Saturday by the Miami US attorney's office accuses 26-year-old Esteban Santiago of an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death. The punishment is execution or any prison sentence up to life.

Prosecutors also charged Santiago with two firearms offences.

Santiago is accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others on Friday at a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport baggage claim. The FBI says Santiago travelled from Alaska to Fort Lauderdale specifically to carry out the shooting.

Santiago, an Iraq war veteran, is being held without bail. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday.

Press Association

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