Gunman in custody after SWAT standoff on Greyhound bus shuts down I-85 in Gwinnett County for hours – WSB-TV Channel 2

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A gunman who barricaded himself inside a Greyhound bus on I-85 has been taken into custody, according to Gwinnett County police.

The incident, which started around 10 am, prompted a SWAT response and shut down the highway between Indian Trail and Beaver Ruin roads for hours in both directions.

Traffic was still being diverted on I-85 northbound as of 2 pm Lanes had reopened on the southbound lanes.

Channel 2′s Tony Thomas was in Gwinnett County, where police said the man had been behaving erratically and at some point, he produced a handgun.

The driver stopped the bus on an onramp, where passengers scrambled to get out.

A passenger told Channel 2 Action News that he woke up to find people scrambling to try to escape from the bus. He said he climbed out of the window and other passengers scrambled out of a hatch on the roof.

“People went to the top and then they jumped out of the bus,” he said.

The passenger said he thought the driver locked the bus from the outside so that the passengers couldn’t escape.

Gwinnett County police said all 30 passengers as well as the driver safely evacuated.

Police eventually used a flash-bang device to get the suspect out of the bus.

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Live GDOT cameras at the scene showed a number of SWAT officers surrounding the bus and massive traffic backups as drivers were diverted onto side streets.


Greyhound issued a statement around noon, writing:

“We can confirm an incident has occurred on schedule 1076 this morning in Norcross, Georgia headed from Atlanta to New York City. We are working closely with local authorities to ensure the safety of our passengers and driver. We have no further comment at this time.”

Police said that the gunman never issued any clear demands.

Another bus is en route to pick up passengers so they can continue to their destination.

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