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Waynesboro man arrested after lengthy standoff with law enforcement

SipeA Waynesboro man was taken into custody after a standoff with Augusta County Sheriff’s Office deputies in which he threatened himself and officers trying to apprehend him.

Malcolm Sipe III, 47, had been sought in connection with a warrant for violating a protective order, and early Monday morning, a deputy spotted Sipe standing next to a car parked on Forgotten Lane, near Crimora.

The deputy made contact with Sipe and informed him of the outstanding warrant, at which point Sipe began to back away from the deputy. As he did so, the deputy saw a large machete style knife lying on the ground where Sipe had been standing. The knife was secured in the car Sipe had been standing near, allowing to deputy to take note of several other knives in the car.

Sipe informed the deputy that he would harm himself before going to jail. Additional deputies were summoned to the scene, and a three-hour standoff ensued. During the incident, Sipe produced a pocket knife and moved it about his neck as though he were cutting himself.

At one point, he advanced toward a deputy and challenged him to shoot him. In the end, Sipe was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and then jailed.

He was charged with obstructing justice, resisting arrest, and assault on a law enforcement officer. He was also served with the outstanding warrant.

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