Federal Fugitive In Custody

A federal fugitive is in custody Saturday after a two-hour stand off with local sheriff's deputies.  Harrison County Sheriff George Payne said Joseph Gardiner was spotted entering a stolen car at the A-1 Trade Center near Menge avenue and I-10.

After a brief vehicle and foot pursuit, Gardiner held police at bay for two hours in the woods west of the trade center.

SWAT and K-9 teams were used to apprehend Gardiner. He is wanted federally on weapons charges and violation of parole.