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Video: Iowa Officer Accidentally Kills Woman at Domestic while Shooting at Dog

January 08, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Iowa Officer Accidentally Kills Woman at Domestic while Shooting at Dog

During a domestic call in the 100 block of South Garfield Avenue, an officer with the Burlington (Iowa) Police Department fired his weapon, hitting 34-year-old Autumn Mae Steele, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety (IDPS). The incident reportedly happened around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Initial findings indicated that Officer Jesse Hill fired his weapon twice, and one round reportedly struck Steele in the mid-torso, according to IDPS.

A witness told WQAD TV that Hill was shooting at the woman's German shepherd dog when he slipped and shot her accidentally. The woman died at the scene. The officer was taken to an area medical center and received treatment for dog bites before being released.


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Rick @ 1/8/2015 4:28 PM

It was bound to happen with officers all over the nation shooting dogs without cause. Did the dog bites happen before he shot at the dog and killed the woman, or did they happen after he slipped and fell.

rede2hike @ 1/8/2015 5:33 PM

Oh crap. Oops! Better get out the checkbook.

TX Lawman @ 1/9/2015 6:09 AM

"Officers all over the nation shooting dogs without cause" Rick you're an idiot. There are thousands of dog attacks on officers every year. Do you have the occassional zealous cop that shoots a dog outside the guidelines, sure. All companies have bad employees, but over 99.9% are justified. I dare you to stand there and do nothing as a pit bull chrges you or a German Shepard. Is this case a tragedy? Yes. An innocent citizen was killed while the officer was trying to protect himself from her aggressive dog. My prayers go out to Autum Steele's family as well as to the officer that has to live with this for the rest of his life. This was a tragic accident. The Lord be with them all. Be Safe Blue

DEADMAN @ 1/10/2015 6:05 PM

Maybe ,they could come up with a protocol for dispatchers to follow,like,is anybody injured,are there drugs of alcohol involved,are ther any weapons?how many people involved and is there and howmany dogs are there on premises?Answers to these questions could give officer information to ask for back-up,ambulance,animal warden.Dogs at a residence or small business can be agitated due to circumstances of domestic squabbling and have their dander up,they are there as part of a family,they take sides and see you as an interloper,that doesn't mean they should be shot and killed.Weigh all of the circumstances.If you take precautions,you can save yourself a lot of grief.You have a host of options such as pepper spray,taser,nightstick,d-cell flashlight,gun should be definitly last,you might wound or bullet might pass through animal and strike child.Stop rushing into combat or conflict,you were born with a brain,use it,in 28.5 years,i didn't have to kill one animal and i ran into a CUJO.

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