SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man who was arrested after barricading himself inside a house and setting a fire inside it has pleaded not guilty.
Michael Counterman, 32, entered his written plea Monday in Woodbury County District Court to first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, stalking and assault on a peace officer.
Counterman is accused of breaking into his mother's house in the 2600 block of George Street on Jan. 10 in violation of a no-contact order. His mother called 911 and fled the house, where Counterman barricaded himself when police arrived. After setting a fire that was extinguished, Counterman threatened to kill himself, police said.
Police fired a non-lethal munition at Counterman, who then retreated to a bathroom and barricaded himself inside after being struck. He later surrendered without incident, but spit on an officer during an interview later in the day, according to court documents.
Counterman has also pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated assault for a Jan. 8 incident in which he is accused of breaking into his mother's home and threatening her while holding a knife to her throat.