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Armed Man Highjacks National Guard Convoy Transporting COVID Vaccines In Texas: Report

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Authorities in Texas arrested a man who corralled and held at gunpoint a caravan of National Guardsmen transporting COVID-19 vaccines to Matador, Texas on Monday Morning.

Citing Idalou Police, local station WAFB9 reported that Larry Harris, a 66-year-old man from Wilcox, Arizona, was armed when he tailed three National Guard vehicles from a gas station in Lubbock to approximately two miles east of Idalou.

Authorities said Harris made multiple attempts to run the caravan off the road, at times veering into oncoming traffic. Once the vans stopped, he pointed a gun at one unarmed Guardsman and demanded to search all of the vehicles. The Guardsmen eventually filed out of their vehicles.

Harris was in possession of a loaded pistol, as well as two loaded magazines, police said. No bullets were fired in the standoff and Harris was immediately taken into custody. He was charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint of 11 National Guard Soldiers, unlawful carrying of a weapon, impersonating a Public Servant, and interference with Texas Military Forces.”

Harris told police that he believed a woman and a child were being held hostage in the van,

“Mr. Harris appeared to be mentally disturbed,” Idalou Police Chief Eric Williams said, according to WAFB. “This was a very dangerous situation since the suspect was standing in the midst of the unarmed Guardsman with a loaded weapon when the Idalou Officers arrived on scene. We are grateful that the officers were able to take him into custody without any of the Guardsmen, the officers or the suspect getting hurt.”

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