11 National Guard Troops were held at gunpoint in West Texas by an armed man while they were transporting coronavirus vaccines.
Early Monday morning police were informed that the suspect had stopped three vehicles being driven by the troops.
The suspect, 66-year-old Larry Lee Harris, had been previously following the troops and repeatedly attempted to run them off the road.
Harris was eventually able to stop the Guardsmen after he turned his vehicle into oncoming traffic, got out and pointed his gun at a soldier.
He claimed to be a detective and stated that he needed to search the troops’ vehicle, according to Idalou Police Chief Eric C. Williams.
Harris told police he stopped the vans because he believed they were carrying a kidnapped woman and child.
Williams said, “Harris appeared to be mentally disturbed” adding, “This was a very dangerous situation since the suspect was standing in the midst of the unarmed Guardsman with a loaded weapon.”
Williams also said Harris had “plenty of ammunition to cause a lot of havoc.” According to KCBD, Harris had a loaded Colt 1911 pistol .45 Caliber, along with a spare magazine on his person and another loaded magazine in his truck.American Military News
When authorities arrived on the scene, Harris surrendered and was arrested.
No shots were fired and no Guardsmen were injured during the incident.
Harris is now facing a federal charge, as reported by NBC News. He is also facing multiple state counts.
The National Guard has been helping distribute the coronavirus vaccine throughout the country.