National guards carrying Covid-19 vaccines across Texas on Monday were detained at gunpoint, police said.
Larry Harris is accused of following a convoy of National Guard soldiers before attempting to get them off the freeway with his truck on several occasions in Lubbock County, according to Idalou Police Chief Eric C. Williams.
Harris, 66, of Willcox, Ariz., Eventually turned his truck into oncoming traffic, stopping three National Guard vans near Idalou, Williams said. He then pointed a gun at a soldier, identified himself as a detective, ordered the guards out of their vehicles and demanded that their vans be searched, police said.
The guards were in uniform and carried vaccines to Matador, Texas.
Idalou police responded and were able to arrest Harris without incident, Williams said. He had a loaded Colt 1911 pistol of .45 caliber, an additional magazine loaded on his person and another magazine loaded in his truck.
None of the guards were injured and the vaccines eventually reached Matador.
It doesn’t look like the vaccines are what Harris was looking for, officials said. He told police he believed people in the vans abducted a woman and a child, Williams said.
“Mr. Harris appeared to be mentally disturbed, ”he said.
Harris faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint of 11 National Guard soldiers, illegal carrying of a weapon, posing as a public servant and interfering with military forces from Texas.
He is being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center. A lawyer has not been listed for Harris in the prison records.
The Department of Homeland Security is involved in the investigation and additional federal charges against Harris are pending, Williams said.