Man arrested at Comicon carrying guns, knives

The Phoenix Convention Center site of Phoenix Comicon

Sterling was taken into custody Thursday after a brief struggle with police at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The man had been taking and posting photos of police officers on social media, Phoenix police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune told AZ Central. This had lead to increased security checks and a ban being placed on all prop weapons for the remainder of the convention.

Police officials believe the man meant to attack officers, but he was taken into custody before ever drawing or pointing a gun.

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USA Today reported that the man armed with multiple weapons at the Phoenix Comicon, who is 30 years old but has not yet been identified, had planned to use the weapons to injure Phoenix police.

Officers found Sterling on the second floor and immediately took control of him as Sterling resisted the officers. However, this did not seem to occur on Thursday, with the armed man slipping through into the convention while fully armed.

Police say they believe the man acted alone and it's an isolated incident.

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The suspect - whose name hasn't been released - was carrying four guns - including a shotgun, knives and ammunition, police said.

"As an added precaution, weapons of any kinds - including simulated, replica or toy weapons - will not be permitted into the venue", Fortune added.

Massive crowds of attendees are experiencing heavy delays Friday as they wait hours in long lines before eventually going through added security screenings and entering the event.

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