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Houston airport shooting leaves one dead

HOUSTON — A man who fired a gun inside a ticketing area at Houston’s largest airport was killed after being confronted by a law enforcement official during an incident that sent people in the terminal scrambling and screaming, police said Thursday.

It’s unclear whether the unidentified man fatally shot himself or was killed by a Homeland Security agent who had confronted him, said Kese Smith, a spokesman for the Houston Police Department.

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Police say the man walked into the ticketing area in Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport around 1:35 p.m. and fired at least one shot into the air. The agent came out of his office and confronted the man, telling him to drop his weapon. The man refused, so the agent shot at him, Smith said.

At the same time the agent was firing, it appeared the gunman was shooting himself, Smith said.

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