Woman killed when Iowa police officer tries to shoot her German Shepherd

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A 34-year-old woman in Burlington, Iowa was shot and killed on Tuesday by an officer who was allegedly aiming for her dog during an argument, the Burlington Hawk Eye reported.

The officer, identified as Jesse Hill, shot Autumn Mae Steele in front of her husband and 4-year-old son. Steele had been arrested a day earlier on domestic abuse charges, and Hill was there to escort her as she retrieved items from her home after being released from jail on Tuesday morning.  

Steele and her husband reportedly began arguing as she was putting the boy into her car. Hill was allegedly trying to break up the dispute when the couple’s German Shepherd approached him.

“The dog startled the officer. The officer began shooting at the dog,” one witness told theHawk Eye. “The officer was still shooting when he fell down in the snow.”

Steele was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead from a gunshot to the chest.

The Associated Press reported that the state’s Department of Criminal Investigation is still interviewing witnesses in connection with the incident.

[h/t Opposing Views]


2 thoughts on “Woman killed when Iowa police officer tries to shoot her German Shepherd

  1. He should have waited till she was asleep in bed to shot the woman. No cams there and what could she say if she was asleep and dinn’t see it comeing?

  2. Wow, just 5 blocks north of where my mother in law lives and this is the first I’ve heard of it. Burlington cops stick together like stink on shit. That location is very close to what we call “coon canyon” where a bunch of gang bangers from chicago are settling in. (Even the local longtime blacks are upset) Better welfare checks than Illinois. The cops are scared to death of going around there. Probably had his hand on his gun as soon as he left the cop shop. As a side note, that hospital (Great River Health Systems) is rated as one of the worst in Iowa.

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