Man in custody after three county crime spree, ending on I-45

Posted at 9:58 AM, Jan 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-03 16:01:17-05

Police have the man involved in a three county crime spree and SWAT standoff on I-45 in custody.

According to the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, the standoff with police started at 9 a.m. on I-45 at the 224 mile marker, just south of Corsicana on Tuesday.

Both directions of the interstate were closed. The man was barricaded inside a white truck on the interstate. The man is from Brazos County. 

The Limestone County Sheriff's Office said that they received a call about a possible robbery on FM 39 and Highway 164 early Tuesday morning. The victim was threatened by the suspect with a handgun.

The sheriff's office then received another call about another disturbance down the road on FM 39. The suspect had threatened the driver of a trash truck with a handgun.

Police said as an officer was en route to the disturbance, the officer attempted pull a vehicle over for a traffic violation. The suspect jumped out of the vehicle and began firing at the officer. The suspect then fled. 

Officers received another call about an armed robbery at a Shell Gas Station in Wortham, TX.

Officers said that while they were en route to the gas station, they discovered the suspect's vehicle that was involved in the Limestone County shooting.

The suspect had changed vehicles and was reportedly in a grey Dodge truck. The Navarro County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle on I-45. 

The sheriff's office deputies then exchanged gunfire with the suspect, disabling the vehicle. The suspect was brought into custody, and no one was hurt.

The suspect is in the Navarro County Jail.

FOX4 in Dallas said the traffic was backed up for miles.

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved.