The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office has identified a suspect in a Friday evening standoff at a Hallsville church.

Mark Brimhall Jr. has been charged with failure to identify as a fugitive; possession of a controlled substance; possession of marijuana; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; and two felony warrants outside of Harrison County.

Bonds have not been set.

According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, 911 received a call about 5:45 p.m. Friday for an ambulance and a welfare check for a man in a car at Hebron Baptist Church on FM 449. The caller said the person appeared unconscious in the vehicle.

First responders arrived before deputies and were met by Brimhall, who had a pistol, the sheriff’s office said. First responders then backed away and waited for deputies.

As deputies arrived, a perimeter was established, and extra units from the emergency response team were dispatched as deputies attempted to get Brimhall to speak with them. The sheriff’s office said he did not say anything or make any demands but simply stayed in the vehicle holding the weapon.

At about 8:15 p.m., Brimhall responded to a negotiator and began phone conversations with him. After discussions, Brimhall threw the pistol out of the car and exited the vehicle.

He was then taken into custody without incident by deputies.

“This type of incident is very dangerous and volatile. Our deputies are highly trained, and it shows when incidents, such as this, occur,” said Sheriff B.J. Fletcher. “The emergency response team and negotiators are very capable and work closely with each other to prevent any injury to the public in situations like this.”

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