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26th George Standoff

Police escort Michael Counterman to an ambulance after a standoff at a home in the 2600 block of George Street Wednesday afternoon. Counterman was taken to Mercy Medical Center for treatment and evaluation and would then be booked into jail on charges related to the incident, police said.

Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man was taken into custody Wednesday after barricading himself inside a house, threatening to kill himself and set fire to the house.

Michael Counterman, 32, surrendered without incident at approximately 3 p.m. after officers fired a non-lethal munition containing a chemical to daze and disorient him.

After being treated at UnityPoint -- St. Luke's, he was booked into the Woodbury County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree arson, aggravated domestic assault and violation of a no contact order.

Police responded to the home in the 2600 block of George Street at 1:57 p.m. after Counterman had broken into his mother's house in violation of a no contact order. McClure said Counterman's mother called 911 as her son was attempting to enter the home, then fled after he gained entry.

Officers were already seeking Counterman after an earlier incident in which he violated a no contact order and held a knife to his mother's throat.

26th George Standoff

Police officials respond to a standoff near the 2600 block of George Street in Sioux City, Iowa on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Sioux City Journal Photo by Justin Wan

McClure said officers set up a perimeter around the house upon arrival and made contact with Counterman, who had barricaded himself inside the house. Counterman threatened to kill himself and lit some curtains fire. Officers put out the fire with fire extinguishers. Officers attempted to negotiate with him, but those talks were unsuccessful when Counterman once again began to threaten to kill himself and also set the house on fire.

An officer approached a door to the house and fired the non-lethal round at Counterman, who, after being struck, retreated to a bathroom and barricaded himself inside, McClure said. Officers then entered the home with a K9 unit, and Counterman surrendered after being notified of the police dog's presence.


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