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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A stretch of a Southern California highway is closed this morning because of a masked man on an overpass who is holding a handgun and waving an American flag.
Police Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte says the man is wearing a ski mask and brown fatigues. He's waving an American flag in one hand and a handgun in the other.
No shots have been fired.
The freeway has been shut down in both directions since shortly after dispatchers got the initial call at 7:10 a.m. The highway patrol says traffic is backed up for miles in both directions. The highway remains closed at 9 a.m.
Duarte says responding officers spotted the gunman and immediately cleared the area. The police special weapons team and a crisis negotiation team is on the scene.

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Armed man waving flag, gun surrenders on overpass

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A masked gunman who waved an American flag from a highway overpass in Southern California has surrendered to police after forcing a shutdown of the freeway for hours.
A KNBC-TV helicopter over the scene showed the man giving up to police at midmorning Monday.
Police Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte said earlier that the man, wearing a ski mask and brown fatigues, had the flag in one hand and the gun in the other when officers arrived on the overpass just after 7:10 a.m.
Duarte says the man appeared to have an anti-war sentiment.

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