PHOENIX COMICON Bans Cosplay Weapons After Real Weapons Arrest

Lucy Bush
May 27, 2017

The entertainment and comic convention began on Thursday.

Police say Sterling was armed with a shotgun, three handguns and knives, as well as ammunition and "other handheld weapons".

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

The man's name wasn't immediately released, but authorities said he lives in the Phoenix metro area. Police said he was wearing body armor. Police were informed that Sterling had been posting on Facebook that he was looking to kill their officers on site, wreak havoc, and assassinate celebrity presenters. However, this did not seem to occur on Thursday, with the armed man slipping through into the convention while fully armed. Prop weapons will no longer be allowed at the convention, Fortune said, and delays are expected as security and police ramp up screening efforts at event entrances.

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Police have said they believe the unidentified man at the Phoenix Comicon "acted alone".

"As an added precaution, weapons of any kinds - including simulated, replica or toy weapons - will not be permitted into the venue", Fortune added. They have stated that what happened when he brought four guns and several knives to the annual event is "an isolated incident".

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Because of the heightened security, entry lines into the event will likely be slower. The police apprehended the man and took him in for questioning without any shots being fired.

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