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Law enforcement is engaged in a standoff around the 627 mile marker on Interstate 20 in Harrison County. Negotiations are currently ongoing with the suspect, who is reportedly armed.

8:39 p.m. UPDATE: 

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office arrested 49-year-old Christopher Bailey of Shreveport on Saturday after an hours-long standoff on Interstate 20.

Traffic on I-20 was at a stand-still for more than three hours Saturday morning during the standoff between law enforcement and a reported armed driver, later identified as Bailey.

Sheriff's office Lt. Jay Webb said no shots were fired during the incident.

The standoff took place in the middle of the interstate, at the 627 mile marker, eastbound, near the Scottsville area.

Bailey was arrested on charges of evading arrest/detention with a vehicle; theft of property more than or equal to $2,500, but less than $30,000; unauthorized use of a vehicle; and a Bossier City warrant of burglary of a habitation.

12:07 p.m. UPDATE: Harrison County officials reported at noon that the armed suspect is now in custody.

Harrison County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jay Webb said no shots were fired, and a weapon has been recovered. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Interstate 20 in Harrison County is shut down as law enforcement is on the scene of a standoff involving a reportedly armed driver who has several outstanding warrants. 

Harrison County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jay Webb confirmed this morning that traffic is shut down in both directions on I-20 near the 627 mile marker "for safety."

“The driver of the vehicle has numerous warrants, and he is currently in a standoff,” Webb said. “He is armed and we are working through it.”

The standoff is in the eastbound lanes of I-20 near Scottsville, according to Webb. The incident had halted the traffic flow on the interstate for more than three hours, one driver told the Marshall News Messenger at about 10:46 a.m.

Waskom Police Chief Westy Meisenheimer said his agency has been active on the scene, trying to decongest the traffic.

“We’re diverting all westbound traffic at the 633 mile marker to Highway 80,” Chief Meisenheimer told the News Messenger around 11 a.m.

“We got the interstate closed from 633 (mile marker) to 627,” he said. “So, it’s a heck of a traffic jam.”

Meisenheimer said he believes authorities in Louisiana are also helping divert traffic.

“It’s a total gridlock,” he said.

“The standoff is active. It’s going on It hadn’t been resolved,” he said. “It’s in the middle of the interstate.”

Meisenheimer said he understands the suspect’s vehicle has been spiked, and the swat team is currently involved in negotiations with the actor.

This story will be updated as more information is released.

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