UPDATE: Suspect in Hwy. 84 standoff arrested safely

UPDATE: Suspect in Hwy. 84 standoff arrested safely

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UPDATE (Sunday)

The suspect has been identified as Harvey Baxter, 26, from Abilene. He's been charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, and felony evading arrest with a vehicle.

He's held on more than $13,000 bond. 

UPDATE (11:35 p.m. Saturday)

The sheriff department's SWAT team successfully arrested the suspect in the standoff on Highway 84 between Lubbock and Slaton. DPS reports troopers initially tried stopping the vehicle near the Scurry County line. It was reported taken out of Lubbock.

Troopers say the highway will still be closed for a while, so travel between Lubbock and Slaton will be limited. Avoid Highway 84 in that area if at all possible.

The suspect's name hasn't been released.

Original story (10:00 p.m.)

Sheriff's deputies and DPS troopers shut down a stretch of Highway 84 near Slaton Saturday night, after troopers chased a suspect from the Abilene area. Deputies report the troopers called in the county SWAT team for support.

Witnesses said the suspect was armed. Few other details were released immediately.

Traffic is backed up and law enforcement is redirecting traffic away from the scene. If you need to get into or out of Slaton, find another route.

We'll keep you updated on this developing story.

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