Ex-NYPD Officer Posts Viral Photo of Cop Guarding People During Fla. Airport Shooting

January 11, 2017 Updated: January 11, 2017

A retired New York City Police officer noted a now-viral photo of a police officer guarding several people who were lying on the ground in the aftermath of the deadly shooting at an airport in Florida last week.

Rob O’Donnell, a security consultant and director of public safety for a town in Pennsylvania, tweeted: “I see black/white/latino/male/female/child/adult all with one thing in common. A Police Officer risking all to protect them.”

In an interview, O’Donnell said he wanted to draw attention to the job police officers do every day.

“As of late ,supporting the police has become unpopular and the trolls and the false narrative pushers seem to have been allowed the louder voice via the mainstream media,” he told Independent Journal Review, saying he’s sick of loud anti-police voices published in the media on a regular basis.

Esteban Santiago, the suspect in last Friday’s shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, appeared in court on Monday and was charged, Reuters reported.

Officials said Santiago, 26, arrived on a connecting flight from Alaska to Florida and got a 9mm semi-automatic handgun from his checked baggage before loading it in a public bathroom. Then, he returned to the baggage claim “while shooting in a methodical manner” 10 to 15 times, a complaint reads.

From 2007 to 2016, Santiago served in the Puerto Rico and Alaska national guards and was deployed to Iraq from 2010 to 2011.