Tuesday 20 March 2018

Security boosted after armed man arrested at Phoenix Comicon

The man was found in possession of several weapons
The man was found in possession of several weapons

Police are adding extra security at the Phoenix Comicon following the arrest of a man armed with guns and ammunition who allegedly posted online threats against officers.

The 30-year-old man was in possession of three handguns, a shotgun, a knife, ammunition, and a variety of other hand-held weapons along with wearing body armour, police said.

He was taken into custody without incident after a brief struggle with police at the Phoenix Convention Centre.

Officers working at the venue were alerted to a suspicious man making threats against police on social media, with the postings including photos of officers working at the event.

Prop weapons carried into the four-day event are supposed to be inspected by security staff, but police said the man's weapons were not checked.

The entertainment and comic convention began on Thursday.

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