Ripley County man arrested after reportedly attacking neighbors with ax

Ripley County man arrested after reportedly attacking neighbors with ax
(Source: Ripley County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Ripley County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Ripley County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: Ripley County Sheriff's Department)

RIPLEY COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Ripley County Sheriff's Department responded to an assault on Highway JJ on Jan. 20.

According to Ripley County Sheriff's Department, Christopher Waddell, 39, reportedly attacked his neighbors with an ax.

When deputies arrived, Waddell came out of a home with an ax and a knife.

Deputies took cover as Waddell broke out two windows with a rifle.

The Ripley County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol began a 3-hour standoff and negotiation with Waddell.

After negotiations, Waddell came out the home unarmed and was arrested with no problems.

Waddell told the deputies that he had been taking meth and believed aliens were watching him.

He was transported to Poplar Bluff Medical Center for evaluation.

Criminal charges are pending.

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