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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP)

Armed man wearing mask, waving American flag shuts down highway

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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