An armed Arizona man ambushed a Texas National Guard convoy carrying doses of COVID-19 vaccines on a highway northeast of Lubbock, according to local police officers. The man reportedly attempted to run the convoy off the road and then held the guardsmen
An armed Arizona man ambushed a Texas National Guard convoy carrying doses of COVID-19 vaccines on a highway northeast of Lubbock, according to local police officers. The man reportedly attempted to run the convoy off the road and then held the guardsmen at gunpoint.
Idalou, Texas, police officers received a call from Texas National Guardsmen to report an attack by a man who tried to run them off the road, the Fort Worth Star-Telegramreported. The guardsmen said the man attempted to run them off the road while they were transporting COVID-19 vaccine to Matador, Texas.
Larry Lee Harris is accused of attacking a Texas National Guard convoy carrying COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo: Idalou Police Department)
Police say Larry Lee Harris, 66, from Wilcox, Arizona, began following the National Guard convoy of three vans after they stopped at a Love’s truck stop in Lubbock. He allegedly attempted to run the convoy off the road multiple times. He then allegedly turned his vehicle across the roadway to stop the convoy.
He then stepped out of his truck and pointed a .45 caliber handgun at an unarmed guardsman, police said. Harris reportedly told the guardsmen he was a detective and needed to search them. He ordered all 11 guardsmen out of their vans.
Idalou police officers responded and found the scene about two miles east of their city on Highway 62/82. The two responding officers observed Harris and the 11 uniformed National Guardsmen. They took Harris into custody without further incident.
Police officers reported Harris had an additional magazine on his person and another in his truck. He reportedly told the officers he thought “the people in the vans had kidnapped a woman and child,” the Idalou police chief said in his statement.
“This was a very dangerous situation since the suspect was standing in the midst of the unarmed Guardsman with a loaded weapon then the Idalou Officers arrived on scene,” Idalou Police Chief Eric Williams said in his statement. “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.”
Police say no injuries were reported in the incident.
Harris now faces charges of Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon, Unlawful Restraint of 11 National Guard Soldiers, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon, Impersonating a Public Servant, and Interference with Texas Military Forces, MyHighPlains.com reported.