Live

Watch CBSN Live

Florida deputy accused of leaking video of mass shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A veteran Florida deputy has been arrested on accusations that he recorded video of a gunman opening fire inside the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January, reports CBS Miami.

Two days after five died and six were wounded in a Jan. 6 mass shooting at the airport, video surfaced on TMZ.com showing the shooter walking through a terminal, opening fire on passengers. Esteban Santiago, 26, has pleaded not guilty to 22 federal charges in the case.

Airport shooter hearing 02:26

Michael Dingman, 47, was suspended with pay later that month.

On Wednesday, he turned himself in to law enforcement, reports the Sun-Sentinel. Dingman faces several charges, including using a two-way communication device (a cell phone) to commit a felony and tampering/fabricating physical evidence.

In an arrest report obtained by the Sun-Sentinel Dingman is quoted by a detective insisting he wasn't paid for any video related to the shooting. Deputy Jeff Bell, president of the Broward deputies union, said Dingman will have a strong defense.

Investigators said Dingman destroyed the phone he used to secretly record the video and later transferred his service to a new phone.

Dingman was released on $2,000 bail.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.