Update: 7/26/22 at 2:55PM
On July 25, 2022, at 10:57 AM, Portia Odufuwa, 37, arrived at Love Field Airport and exited a red Kia sedan. The preliminary investigation shows Odufuwa entered the terminal and walked into the restroom. About five minutes later, the suspect leaves the restroom wearing a black hoodie with the hood over her head and her hands in the front pockets. The suspect walks from the bathroom to the Southwest Airlines ticketing area and announces she has an announcement to make. Witnesses say Odufuwa starts to ramble, talking about a marriage, incarceration, and then said she was going to blow up the airport and pulls a handgun from her sweatshirt.
At 11:06:44 she pointed the gun towards the ceiling and fired multiple rounds. Officer Ronald Cronin, a 15-year veteran of DPD, was in the immediate area and engaged Ms. Odufuwa, giving verbal commands to drop the weapon. At 11:06:50, Odufuwa pointed her gun at Officer Cronin and an innocent bystander. At 11:06:51, Officer Cronin took cover behind a ticket kiosk and fired his department-issued weapon, hitting the suspect multiple times. Officer Cronin held his position and other DPD officers arrived to take Odufuwa into custody. Officers started first aid and called Dallas Fire Rescue for assistance. Odufuwa was taken to a local hospital for treatment where she underwent surgery for her injuries.
While processing the scene, law enforcement found rounds from Odufuwa’s weapon showing she shot at Officer Cronin. Odufuwa has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant. Other charges are possible. At this time – we have identified the driver who dropped off the suspect – he has been identified as an Uber driver and is not involved in this incident.
The suspect’s actions prior to arriving at the airport are still under investigation – as is a motive for this shooting. The Dallas Police Special Investigations Unit is investigating the incident. The Dallas County District Attorney also responded and is conducting an independent investigation.
We are asking the public for assistance in our investigation. We are asking any witness who has cell phone video of yesterday’s incident in or around Love Field to please submit those videos to us as part of our investigation.
Videos can be uploaded at: https://Dallaspdtx.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/lovefield7252022
Surveillance and body-worn camera footage can be found at:
On July 25, 2022, at approximately 11:00 AM, Dallas Police responded to a report of shots fired at Love Field Airport.
The preliminary investigation determined Portia Odufuwa, 37, was dropped off at the airport near and walked inside the terminal. Odufuwa went inside a women’s restroom and a short time later comes out into the ticket counter area and fires a weapon several times. A member of the Dallas Police department nearby quickly engaged with the suspect, firing their weapon and hitting the women in the lower extremities.
There were no passengers or DPD officers who were injured. The suspect was transported to a local hospital.
The Dallas Police Department and FBI are investigating the incident.
Dallas Police were assisted by the FBI at the scene, with their Evidence Response Team on scene, and assisting DPD with witness interviews.
The investigation is continuing.