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Judge Denied Plea to Commit Man Who Fatally Shot Cop

Judge Denied Plea to Commit Man Who Fatally Shot Cop

Des Moines Register via YellowBrix

April 06, 2011

Sigourney, Ia. – Relatives tried in March to have committed the man who this week shot and killed a Keokuk County sheriff’s deputy, but a judge turned down the request.

Jeffrey Alan Krier, 53, struggled for three decades with mental illness, his family said in a statement released Tuesday.

“Jeff was a loving brother who struggled with mental illness for the past three decades,” Sam Krier and Debbie Krier, Jeffrey Krier’s brother and sister, said in a statement. “He was diagnosed as bipolar and had tremendous difficulty managing his illness.”

More of the events that led up to Iowa’s first fatal shooting of a law officer in 26 years emerged Tuesday, including disclosure that shots that were fired at Krier’s neighbor’s house Sunday night. The next day, Krier shot and killed Deputy Eric Stein.

Krier’s family said that he had spent seven days in hospitals early last month and that a court had rejected their request to have him committed to a mental institution.

“While Jeff’s mental illness may have contributed to the tragedy, it in no way provides comfort or solace to the many who have been impacted by his actions,” the siblings’ statement said. “While we do not understand what led to this tragic end, we do know the loss and grief caused by Jeff’s actions is immeasurable.”

On March 3, Krier was taken by Keokuk County deputies to the Keokuk County Health Center emergency room for an evaluation after he had been involved in an altercation, the family said. They did not give any details about the altercation.

The Sigourney hospital sent Krier to Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, where he stayed for six days. He was transported there by Keokuk County sheriff’s deputies.

After the commitment request was denied, Krier was released. His brother and sister were not happy when they learned that their brother had been released from the hospital, the family said.

The health of the Kriers’ parents is failing, the family said. Until their mother, Roselyn Krier, became ill, she took care of Jeffrey.

Stein was shot as he and two other law enforcement officers approached Krier’s home. Authorities have said they were following up on an incident that happened Sunday.


Jeffrey Krier (Submitted photo)

Officials have not publicly released details of that case, but Terry Steinhart, a neighbor of Krier’s, told The Des Moines Register that when he and his wife returned home from getting ice cream Sunday evening, they found two bullet holes in the windows of their house, muddy tire tracks in their front yard and a smashed garage door.

Steinhart, 63, said he called police and they conducted a preliminary investigation Sunday night.

When the county sheriff and two deputies returned about 8:30 a.m. Monday, it appeared Stein was leading the investigation, which lasted about an hour, Steinhart said.

Stein measured the tire tracks left in the Steinharts’ yard, found paint from the vehicle on their white garage door and determined the height of the vehicle.

The sheriff told Steinhart that they were looking for a small blue pickup, the type of vehicle Krier drove. The sheriff said he wanted to speak with Krier.

“The sheriff just said, ’We’re going to do more investigation,’ and they went that direction,” Steinhart said, pointing down a hill toward Krier’s home, about a mile away.

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  • 101_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother

  • Photo_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    If Jeffrey is a fruit-loop - I hope brother & sister don't pass on the 'Krier' insanity gene to their offspring.

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Deputy Eric Stein, prayers of comfort for your family and friends.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace and God Bless!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Rest In Peace Deputy Stein. Our prayers are for yout family, friends and department as they pass thru this time of grief.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Deputy Stein.

  • Hpqscan0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    May you rest in peace, my brother Stein.Our prayers are with your family,friends and co-workers.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy Stein

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    May you rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Deputy Stein. My thoughts and prayers to your family and fellow officers.

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    That behavior is extremely alarming. Where did that ball go?

  • Hpim0324_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Chesty_max50


    over 3 years ago


    It is time to remember the family of the Officer who was killed. As we reflect on this needless tragedy we should also remember that there is another family that is suffering here, and that’s the family of a man who was in need of help and were let down by the system. In this case the “system” was a judge. In Oklahoma we elect most judges, although many are also appointed. We have a duty, regardless of what state we live in, to pay attention to cases like this. When election time rolls around, we can express our displeasure in a meaningful way. Those judges who are elected can be unelected, and those who up for retention can be released to pursue other careers. This is our voice, we must pay attention to what goes on in the courts and tell our friends and loved ones how we feel about who is running and what the issues are. We can also tell them why we feel that way.

    But right now, it is time to mourn the loss of a brother-in-arms. Rest in Peace Eric.

  • Wolf_001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This is such a tragedy for everyone. It sounds like this guy had a loving family who tried to take care of him. Shame on the judge who did not listen. Now an Officer has lost his life and his family has to grieve. Learn from this Judges and don't let it happen again! RIP Officer Stein.

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