Gunman at Orlando International Airport in custody, police say

A man armed with a gun at Orlando International Airport was surrounded Tuesday evening and taken into custody shortly after 10 p.m., ending an hours-long standoff, the Orlando Police Department said.

Police stressed that there was never an active shooter situation and no shots were fired.

"UPDATE: Gunman is in custody. Everyone is safe," OPD tweeted at 10:08 p.m.

OIA spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said the gunman was contained in the rental car area on level one of the airport in Terminal A. 

Fennell said at 8:40 p.m. that the man was surrounded, but not in custody. In the hours leading up to the arrest, Orlando police repeatedly reiterated on social media that the man was contained, but has not in custody.

Police said at 9:30 p.m. that the armed man was speaking with a crisis negotiator. 

Officers from the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff's Office are at the scene and passengers were removed from the area. 

Witness video from the scene shows officers with their guns drawn yelling, "Put it down, bud, put it down" and "We're gonna help you man."

separate witness video, embedded above, shows an officer pointing a gun at a man who is sitting on the ground with his head in his hands. 

"It ain't worth it," an officer tells the man in a video a witness filmed while hiding behind a counter.

The Florida Highway Patrol said at 8:30 p.m. that all roads leading to the airport were shut down.

OIA tweeted at 9:15 p.m. that entrances are open, but congested. Passengers should contact their airline to find the status of their flight. 

"With ongoing events, [the Federal Aviation Authority] has placed a Traffic Management Program in effect for arriving flights. Arrivals may be delayed at departure point," OIA tweeted at 9:41 p.m.

Airport officials said the scene is still active and no other information is available.

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