Five hour standoff in Jackson County

This morning, a dangerous standoff in Jackson County shutdown parts of 1-10 for nearly five hours.

The standoff started around 9 a.m. after police received a call of an 18-wheeler driving recklessly.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as 33-year-old Michael Mack of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jackson County sheriff’s deputies initiated the pursuit with Mack.

The pursuit went from Franklin Creek to near the 59 mile marker on I-10 west bound where it came to a stop.

Mack was armed with a machete and refused to leave the vehicle or even speak with officials on the scene. He had black blinds covering all of the windows of his truck so police could not see inside.

All negotiations happened over the phone with Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. A few hours into the standoff authorities released non-lethal gas to try and smoke the man out of his truck. After five hours of negotiating, Mack got out of his truck and surrendered to police.

Traffic was at a standstill on I-10 for the full five hours of the standoff, leaving people stuck. Most were shaken by watching it all unfold. Grand Bay resident Tammy Ragsdale said, “Well, we’re from a little town, the whole area, and it’s pretty crazy to see something like that going on, but it was exciting, but it was scary.”

Chase Elkins with Mississippi Highway Patrol said, “We didn’t know what was going to come of the situation. So, we shut down the interstate just to ensure the safety of our public here in South Mississippi. So, we had troopers, sheriff’s departments, police departments, fire departments, we had a ton of agencies involved in this thing. There is no way possible that we could have done this thing by ourselves.”

No one was injured during this standoff. Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has charged Mack with one count of felony pursuit. Mississippi Highway Patrol, Alabama Highway Patrol, and Mobile County Sheriff’s Department may file their own charges.

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