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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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  • Lamborghini_gallardo_police-italy_may2004_05_3-4_20anteriore_20con_20lampeggiatore_5b1_5d__max50


    over 3 years ago


    It's time to lock up some of these judges...RIP Deputy

  • 827-2294l_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy.

  • Pa_iii_frank_dimiceli_01_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Brother,,,,May Justice Be Swift And Hard

  • Img_3413_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    For those saying the family failed because they didn't get rid of the firearms. I can't say how it is in IA, but I can tell you in NY. LE can remove the firearms if an MHA occurs or family turns them in for safekeeping. Once the individual is released, they can petition to have the guns given back. We have had individuals we KNOW are dangerous and a ticking time bomb, but if the Judge reviewing the hearing orders the guns be returned (and Judges have done so) then we HAVE to return them...only to end up going through the same cycle one, two, or three times. Dont' assume the family hasn't tried to do that. If he legally can have a firearm and the family removes them then they have committed a crime. Being on a LE MH Task Force in my area, this has been talked about time and time again. Because the individual has their rights even with their MH issues it then becomes a catch 22.

    Again RIP Deputy Stein

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Deputy Eric Stein

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I bump what expsgt said, and add:
    God Bless Leo Stein and his famiily.

  • Police-997-1-08-06_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Judges can do whatever they please and aren't responsible for any of the descions they make. They cannot be sued and one can't charge them with any neglect of duty no matter how bad of a descion they make. Not all, but most judges are about as good as a politician.

  • Cookcountystar_max160_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I want to know something...if the family knew he had these problems for more then 30 years why the hell would they look the other way knowing he had a firearm in his house...and if they did not know they should have! There is no way that Deputy Stein should be dead, the family of the scum Jeffrey Krier and the Judge both dropped the ball and it cost this Officer his life,..I hope that the Judge remembers that everytime he looks into a mirror.
    Rest In Heavenly Peace Brother- May The Loving Heart Of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ease Your Families and Co-Workers Pain...You Will Never Be Forgetten Brother, Now Rest Easy In The House Of Our Lord.

  • Pro_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Now is the judge that denied the request gonna be held somewhat liable for what happened seeing as he/she denied it? This will be interesting to see play out... R.I.P Brother Stein. Thank you for your service.

  • Jack-sparrow-pirates-of-the-caribbean_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Deputy Eric Stein

  • Dhs_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    over 3 years ago


    This almost happened to me... I am a federal agent and have a father who is diagnosed with paranoia schizophrenia... it has been hard and one time when my dad got really sick, delusion, just very bizarre, we tried to commit him for his safety, everyones safety. The judge said not enough evidence and said he was fine... few days later he got a vehicle and was running from the police 100+ mph because he said the cops wanted to kill him... we tried again after by miracle nobody was hurt and judge said NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE!. It's sad I know first hand this could have been avoided if it weren't for judges who don't care. RIP my brother.

  • 1393794_10151798561878138_392793313_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Man! This new scared me as hell because last night I transported a mental health consumer to a local hospital, however I did the patch dow before to put him into my car. Next time I will do a big search! Just sharing it. RIP my brother.

  • Garita2_max50


    over 3 years ago



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    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Stein. It's truly disheartening that this could have been prevented.

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