September 08, 2017 12:22 AM


A man was shot by Miami-Dade police Thursday evening following an incident at Miami-Dade International Airport, PEOPLE confirms.

Miami-Dade Police Department Detective Alvaro Zabaleta tells PEOPLE the security incident, which occurred between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., was under control and there “was no longer any danger to the inhabitants or the structure.”

According to a press release from the department obtained by PEOPLE, police responded to 911 calls concerning a “white male acting erratically.”

The release said the suspect ran through a restricted area onto the tarmac, where a confrontation between a police officer and the suspect occurred. It ended when the officer shot at the suspect.

It is currently unclear why the suspect was shot, but was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is in stable condition. The officer was not injured.

Rob Hoskins

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or FDLE, handles all police-involved shootings by the police department. They are currently investigating the incident.

Police evacuated Concourse J as the scene unfolded. Observers within the airport tweeted out news of the shooting, including videos of police cars on the tarmac.

The shooting occurred as people flocked to the airport in a bid to evacuate before Hurricane Irma approaches. It is expected to make landfall in Florida overnight on Saturday.

With heavy traffic on the roads, many evacuees were opted to fly. However, on Friday afternoon there were almost 100 flights canceled ahead of the storm, according to The Miami Herald.

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