Man arrested after standoff

William Thompson:Quay County Sun

A man engaged state police in a three-hour standoff Friday afternoon at a residence on Route 66, 14 miles east of Tucumcari.

After the standoff, Edgar H. Shipley, 29, was arrested and charged with trafficking and possession of methamphetamine. He was also charged with possession of both marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Sgt. Andy Baldridge said he and four other state police officers and two Quay County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call around noon.

“Basically we had a brief standoff with Edgar H. Shipley,” Baldridge said. “It started about noon and ended after 3 p.m. when he came out of the house and gave up. At no time did he point a gun at an officer. He was alone in the house during the standoff. We knew he had guns in the house, and we don’t storm a house when we know a subject might be harmed.”

Baldridge said officers communicated with Shipley’s family members by phone during the standoff.

“After talking with his family he came out,” Baldridge said. “Once he came out he was very cooperative. After he gave up we served a search warrant on his house.”

In addition to the methamphetamine, Baldridge said police found marijuana plants growing inside the house.

Shipley was arraigned Monday in Quay County Magistrate Court, according to court officials. His bond was set at $30,000. He asked the court to appoint him an attorney. Officials said he plead not guilty to all charges.