Fye makes initial appearance

The man facing several charges for Tuesday’s standoff with police made his initial appearance in court Wednesday.

Kristopher L. Fye, 29, is set for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 8. and is held on $15,000 bond for his six charges.

“How the hell am I going to pay that,” Fye’s grandmother Helen Kruse said in court. “I’m mad.”

Fye is facing two class D felonies: going armed with intent and possession of a firearm by prohibited person.

Fye is also charged with first degree harassment, assault while displaying a weapon, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fye barricaded himself inside a Fort Dodge home and was safely taken into police custody after a nearly four-hour standoff Tuesday morning.

He surrendered without incident to local law enforcement shortly after 10 a.m. at his home at 222 Ave. D. No one was injured in connection with the incident.

Officers arrived after Lee Sundine, who was delivering The Messenger at 4:44 a.m., called police saying a man threatened to shoot him.

Police made contact with Kruse and she directed them to her grandson, Fye.

Negotiators from the Iowa State Patrol and the Fort Dodge/Webster County Special Emergency Response Team were on scene during the standoff. Two ambulances from Trinity Regional Medical Center were also parked nearby.

Avenue D was blocked off, as was an alley behind the house, while law enforcement negotiated with Fye. Officers also told anybody outside near the scene to go inside their homes as a safety precaution.

Negotiators were sent to the home at about 6:30 a.m, according to scanner traffic.

Several times throughout the morning, Fye said he would come out, but didn’t follow through.

He came out and was taken into custody at about 10:05 a.m. Tuesday.

While serving a warrant, police found a silver handgun, marijuana and a glass pipe in the house.