JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. --A five hour-long standoff near Gautier ends with an arrest in a case of road rage in Mobile Count which led to that standoff.

Authorities feared he could threaten them with weapons.

They identify him as Michael Troy Mack of Baton Rouge.

Tammy Ragsdale of Grand Bay watched this all play out for five hours stuck gridlock beginning about 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Mississippi Highway Patrol said they received a call to help with a suspected road rage motorist who had driven in from Alabama.

Mobile deputies say he intentionally hit an ambulance at the Pilot Truck Stop and, later, struck other vehicles going into Mississippi.

Troopers finally stopped him around Gautier, Mississippi, but say they noticed he had a machete in his truck along with black blinds covering the cab.

Troopers say negotiations began, and they used non-lethal gas and smoke to to try to get him out.

They talked about why they used caution.

Patrol Master Sergeant Chase Elkins said, “He just had it in the truck. We didn’t know what his intentions were, what else he had in the vehicle. The unknown is what caused us to use so much caution.


Ragsdale talked about what she saw when the suspect finally came out.

She said, “I had video of the smoke bombs going off in the truck. There was, you could see the gentleman coming back to re-load his gun to shoot more smoke bombs in, and there was just a bunch of rushing back and forth."

The Highway Patrol said say the suspect finally came out on his own after negotiations on the phone with Jackson County Sheriff's Officials.

No one was hurt.

Mack is facing a host of charges in Mississippi and Mobile County including felony pursuit, assault, and reckless endangerment.

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