Armed man, upset about birthday, climbs fence at Tampa International

A man carrying brass knuckles and several knives climbed a fence Monday at Tampa International Airport and ran across a runway while upset about his birthday celebration.

Kirk Bruce Fisher, 52, of Palm Harbor, was upset about an incident, according to Tampa International, when he climbed the fence about 8 a.m. Monday.

According to the police report, Fisher had brought his dog to Tampa International earlier to abandon it in an effort to get revenge on his family for not celebrating his birthday properly. 

A report said that he had three knives and a set of brass knuckles and was running toward the KC-135 tankers at the airport.

He was charged armed trespassing on property and carrying a concealed weapon. He has been released on bond.

At the time of his arrest he was wearing a white shirt with military epaulets on the shoulders. His shirt read: "not going down with the ship" written on the back.

Tampa International released this statement:

"Safety and security is top priority Tampa International Airport, and that includes perimeter and airfield security. We use a multi-layered approach to securing our airport and airfield and it is effective, with yesterday’s swift response being an example of this. We work closely with TSA, the FAA, our airfield tenants and our airlines to quickly identify and resolve security issues. Though the airport is secure and regularly receives high marks from regulators, we are always evaluating ways to enhance our perimeter security and procedures."


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