Suspect in custody after standoff on I-45 in Navarro County


Sheriff’s deputies took down a man after a standoff on a busy North Texas highway accused of crimes in three counties. He was arrested right in the middle of I-45 in Navarro County.

Investigators say the suspect was first reported to have pulled a gun on garbage collectors in Southeast Limestone County Tuesday morning. He allegedly fired the weapon at deputies who responded to that scene.

From there, investigators say the suspect wound up at a Shell gas station in the Freestone County town of Wortham. There, he committed an aggravated robbery and stole a silver Dodge pickup.

From there, investigators say the suspect fired at construction workers on I-45 before the SWAT stand-off that ended with him in custody.

Video from SKY 4 showed the man barricaded inside a light-colored pickup truck on the interstate around 10 a.m.

Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner said he took several shots at deputies before SWAT officers in an armored truck got into position and took him into custody.

"We now know he discarded a firearm about a mile from the location where this incident occurred that has been recovered. He actually threw a knife at officers on the perimeter,” the sheriff explained. “Once he was taken into custody, we found a shotgun and ammunition for that shotgun when this incident concluded.”

Tanner says he believes the suspect was attempting “suicide by cop.” No one was hurt in the three-county spree, and there’s been no speculation on a motive.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of I-45 were closed near the Angus exit during the standoff. The backup stretched for miles.

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