SAC CITY, Iowa | An Odebolt, Iowa, man has pleaded not guilty to charges related to a standoff with law enforcement officers last fall.

Justin Pope, 34, entered his pleas Tuesday in Sac County District Court to two counts of first-degree harassment, both aggravated misdemeanors. His trial was scheduled for April 3.

Pope is charged in connection with a four-hour standoff with officers Sept. 10 at a home in the 400 block of West First Street in Wall Lake, Iowa.

Authorities have said Sac County Sheriff's deputies were searching for Pope, who had reportedly threatened suicide and made threats the night before. When contacted in the home by authorities, Pope told them that he had guns and would make the police shoot him if they didn't leave. In addition, he threatened to shoot law enforcement officers out of his window.

Law enforcement officers set up a perimeter around the house, and a crisis negotiator eventually was able to Pope to surrender. No injuries were reported.

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