2013 Chicago Comic And Entertainment Expo - Day 1
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Thanks to fast-acting Phoenix police officers, tragedy was narrowly avoided at Phoenix Comic-Con. Jason David Frank, aka the Green Ranger, was the target of an attempted assassination at Thursday’s Comic-Con in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to, the Phoenix police arrested Mathew Sterling, who made it into the convention carrying an arsenal including three guns and a knife. His goal was to kill Frank and “bad police officers,” as Uproxx reports. Sterling even set a reminder on his smartphone reading “Kill JDF” and posted photos of himself and his weapons on social media. Those photos were immediately reported by a fellow social media user.

Police thwarted Sterling’s plan before he was able to close in on Frank.

Frank held a news conference with Fox 10 Phoenix expressing his gratitude for Phoenix police.

Phoenix police confirmed that Comic-Con authorities have heightened security measures by making sure that all prop weapons sold by Con vendors stay in the packaging until they leave the event. Additional screenings will take place upon entering the event as well.

Frank thanked fans for their support via Facebook Live. He said,

We’re glad this situation ended before it had the chance to escalate, and we’re so incredibly thankful that no one was harmed.