27 May, 2017
A day after a man was arrested at Phoenix Comicon for allegedly threatening officers and carrying a bag of guns into the convention, security has been dramatically increased at the event. The local man was wearing all black, however, it is unclear if he was in costume or not.
Phoenix police declined to comment on security arrangements.
Police say Sterling was armed with a shotgun, three handguns and knives, as well as ammunition and "other handheld weapons". The police took him away from the venue and was questioned at police headquarters.
A woman reported that the man was posting photos of Phoenix police officers from the event on social media. "She was receiving information, and she alerted law enforcement".More news: Yaya Toure: Strong chance Manchester City will offer midfielder a new contract
Of course, Phoenix Comicon organizers and police say the policy is not about ruining fun, but prudence. It is most likely this is an "isolated incident". "This includes costume props for staff, crew, costuming groups, panelists, and participants in the masquerade ball".
Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said the weapons were not checked by security. Multiple officers were necessary to subdue the armed man. Please stay safe out there at the various events you may be attending this weekend. Vendors must also advise those who purchase these prop weapons that the product must remained sealed for the duration of the event.
Comicon attendees react to the prop weapon ban.
The incident has resulted in new, stricter Comicon policies. Police said he was wearing body armor.