Man who once fired at US marshals now in custody

The U.S. Marshals Service says a man who once fired a rifle at a federal agent during the search for serial bomber Eric Rudolph is in custody following a standoff in western North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 48-year-old Wayne Henry Burchfield is in the Cherokee County jail.

Spokesman Robert Spangler said Murphy police responded to a call of a man chasing a woman with a machete. Spangler said Burchfield made several threats toward law enforcement before barricading himself inside a house Tuesday night. He came out after several hours of negotiations and a brief struggle with officers.

Burchfield was convicted of firing an assault rifle in 1998 into the task force command post heading the manhunt for Rudolph. One shot grazed the head of an FBI agent.

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