Woman Accused of Opening Fire At Dallas Love Field Taken to Jail After Hospital Stay

Portia Odufuwa, 38, the woman accused of opening fire at Dallas Love Field airport before she was shot by an officer last month, was moved to the Dallas County Jail Aug. 16, police say, about three weeks after she was hospitalized.

An officer shot Odufuwa in her “lower extremities” July 25 after police say she walked to the Southwest Airlines ticket area, said she had an announcement to make, began talking about her marriage, and threatened to blow up the airport before she pointed a handgun and fired multiple rounds toward the ceiling.

Portia Odufuwa PHOTO: Dallas County Jail

(READ: Police: Shooter At Dallas Love Field Pointed Gun Toward Officer)

The officer gave commands for Odufuwa to drop her weapon before firing, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garci previously said, and surveillance footage showed she pointed her gun at the officer. No one else was injured.

Authorities say Odufuwa was taken into custody and then to a hospital, where she underwent surgery.

Odufuwa is in the Dallas County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault against a public servant in connection with the shooting. Her bail was set at $500,000 for that charge.

Court records show Odufuwa previously faced charges including robbery, arson, false reporting, and criminal trespass. The outcomes of some of those cases are unclear, but several were dismissed.

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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

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