Airline employee killed at Oklahoma City airport, suspect dead

Airline employee killed at Oklahoma City airport, suspect dead

An hourslong manhunt ended when the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Southwest Airlines employee at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, CNN reports.


The suspect was found in a truck in a parking garage, said Capt. Paco Balderrama of the Oklahoma City Police Department. The suspect, who was shot in the head, has not been positively identified.Balderrama said the shooting was not random.

"It's too early in the investigation to figure out the exact motive, although the crime does appear to be premeditated," he said.

The captain said it appeared the suspect waited in his truck for the victim, a Southwest Airlines employee named Michael Winchester, to either arrive for or leave work.

The airline said, "The Southwest Airlines family is deeply saddened by the passing of our Southwest family member, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to his family and Southwest co-workers at this time."

Officials didn't disclose what role Winchester, 52, held at Southwest. A since-deleted LinkedIn page described Winchester, a former member of the popular Oklahoma Sooners football team, as a ramp supervisor.