Will Rogers World Airport Gunman Was Decorated Army Veteran


Wednesday, November 16th 2016, 7:07 pm
By: Grant Hermes


New documents show 45-year-old Lloyd Dean Buie was more than $90,000 in debt and had more than double that in liabilities - all of it painting a bleak picture for a decorated veteran.

Court records show a troubled financial life for Lloyd Buie. After he refused to take an alcohol test on the job, he resigned from Southwest Airlines in 2015 and never went back to work.

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A bankruptcy filing from September of this year shows he owed hundreds of thousands of dollars to creditors across the country - nearly $100,000 in credit card debt and more than $250,000 in liabilities. Also, included was child support likely from one of the two divorces Buie went through, according to court records.

Buie also had a decorated military career. Army officials told News 9 he served from 1992 to 1999, including a tour in the Balkans during the Bosnian conflict in 1994. Discharged as a specialist, he was awarded several medals including the United Nations medal, the National Defense Service medal and the Army Achievement medal given to soldiers with outstanding service.

But Tuesday night, police served search warrants of Buie's house as neighbors looked on.

Jamaal Surrell lives down the street and said police were blocking several roads as they waited for a warrant Tuesday night.

“I saw a bunch of cops and a couple people outside truck and basically no one could get over there unless you lived on that street,” said Surrell.

And Ron Carter, who lives just behind Buie, said he and his daughter hunkered down as police ran through their yard to Buie's home.

“It was a little unnerving we heard at one point they were bringing in like a bomb squad or something so it makes you a little nervous,” said Carter.