Peter Steinmetz MD Arrested at Sky Harbor Airport
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PHOENIX — A research doctor, Peter Steinmetz MD at Barrow Neurological Institute is in custody for allegedly pointing a loaded AR-15 rifle toward a woman and her teenage daughter inside Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Phoenix police say 54-year-old Dr. Peter Nathan Steinmetz was arrested Friday and booked into jail on suspicion of one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon.
According to police documents, Steinmetz was observed in Terminal Four, level three, ordering coffee at the Starbucks while carrying a rifle over his right shoulder in open view.
When confronted, he stated he was merely at the airport to buy a cup of coffee.
Police say he then proceeded to walk to the east end of the level three lobby where he stopped in front of the B gates, non-secure side, then turned to walk by the waiting area where people wait for passengers.
According to police documents, Steinmetz proceeded to remove the rifle from his right shoulder, causing the muzzle to face two victims sitting nearby. Both victims, a mother and her 17-year-old daughter, both stated they feared for their safety when the rifle was pointed in their direction.
PHOENIX (AP) — Peter Steinmetz MD arrested for allegedly pointing a loaded AR-15 rifle toward a woman and her teenage daughter inside Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport says his firearm was never pointed at anyone.
Peter Nathan Steinmetz said at a news conference that the safety on the rifle was engaged at all times and he’s an educated and responsible gun owner.
The 54-year-old Tempe man says he was just trying to make a political statement by bringing the AR-15 to the airport on July 25.
“Put simply, I decided to make the point that a peaceful citizen can openly and responsibly carry a firearm, including an AR-15, for the protection of themselves and their community,” said Steinmetz. “I wanted to help educate the public and employees on the airport about this point by allowing them to see a peaceful person responsibly carry an AR-15 while doing things that people normally do there.”
Steinmetz was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of one count of disorderly conduct with a weapon before bonding out.
Steinmetz says he was never aware of anyone in the airport being disturbed in any way. He says he has no plans to repeat the demonstration.