Officials say man involved in I-20 standoff died by suicide

 

Law Enforcement officials say a man involved in a standoff that shut down a portion of Interstate 20 on Saturday evening died by suicide.

About 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a call for a welfare check on the driver of a 2016 Cadillac Escalade, a DPS news release states.

Earlier that day, the Grand Prairie Police Department received a call about a domestic dispute regarding a suspect who left the scene and threatened to harm himself.

The police department contacted OnStar to track the vehicle’s location in Gregg County near the Harrison County line. When troopers located the vehicle, OnStar disabled it on I-20.

The suspect refused to exit his vehicle and fired several rounds toward law enforcement, according to the news release. The Longview Police Department’s SWAT team was called to assist with the standoff and traffic was diverted around that section of the interstate. 

Crisis negotiators attempted to speak with the driver to no avail, according to the preliminary investigation. Officials said the man then died by suicide.

Texas Rangers will continue to investigate the case and no further information is available at this time.

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