For more than five hours, an armed standoff between law enforcement and a gunman has shutdown one of the main highways that connect the Texas border with the metropolitan city of San Antonio.
While details of the standoff are not yet readily available, as of Monday morning multiple agencies were present at the scene, including La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, Frio County Sheriff’s Office, U.S Border Patrol and Texas Department of Public Safety. It remains unclear as to what started the situation.
The standoff began at around 4 a.m. on Interstate Highway 35 by the mile 80 post between Cotulla and Dilley Texas, information provided to Breitbart Texas by La Salle County Sheriff’s Office revealed. A hostage negotiation team was sent to the area in an attempt to diffuse the situation.
Cotulla is about 67 miles northeast of the border city of Laredo and is home to a U.S. Border Patrol station and checkpoint along Interstate 35, the main highway that connects the border city with San Antonio.
Breitbart Texas spoke with the press office at the Laredo Border Patrol Sector headquarters who confirmed that agents were on scene supporting local law enforcement in the case.
For more than five hours authorities have been working to detain the gunman, however authorities confirmed that no one had been injured. While officials said that shots had not been fired recently, it remains unclear if any shots were exchanged when the incident began.
Breitbart Texas will provide information as the case develops.