crime and punishment

Willcox, Arizona’s Larry Lee Harris holds at gunpoint 11 National Guard soldiers transporting vaccines in Texas

Larry Lee Harris (©Lubbock County Detention Center)

Larry Lee Harris (©Lubbock County Detention Center)

Larry Lee Harris, 66, of Willcox, Cochise County, Arizona, United States was recently arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful restraint, unlawful carrying of a weapon, impersonating a public servant and interference with Texas Military Forces.

On the morning of March 22, 2021, Harris allegedly followed three vans carrying 11 National Guard soldiers who were taking new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to Matador, Motley County, Texas, USA. He is accused of repeatedly trying to run the vans off the road as he followed the vehicles from Love’s Travel Station on East Regis Street in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas to about two miles east of Idalou, Lubbock County.

Along with Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Idalou Police Department officers responded. When they arrived on the scene, Harris was in possession of a loaded Colt 1911 pistol .45 Caliber and a loaded magazine.

Harris also had another loaded magazine in his truck. He told the officers that he thought the people in the vans had kidnapped a woman and child.

According to Idalou Police Department chief Eric C. Williams, Harris stopped the vans and ordered the 11 guardsmen out of their vehicles at gunpoint. Williams said, “Harris pointed a gun at a National Guard Soldier, identified himself as a detective and demanded to search the vehicles.”

Williams added that Harris “appeared to be mentally disturbed.” The Idalou Police Department chief said, “This was a very dangerous situation since the suspect was standing in the midst of the unarmed Guardsman with a loaded weapon.”

None of the guardsmen, who were in uniform, was injured. Meanwhile, Harris was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center.

 

Lubbock County was created in 1876 and founded in 1891. It was was named for Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a Texas Ranger and colonel in the Confederate army during the American Civil War.

The county has a total area of 901 square miles. It is part of the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area along with Crosby County and Lynn County.

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