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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.

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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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    RLW

    over 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    RIP Brother, Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Bump Wiseass0282, you said it well and how it once was and how well it worked.

    Rest in Peace Deputy Eric Stein, your name will never be forgotten and is now part of history. From all reports you were a really a great Deputy and touched many lives. That is a legacy that your family can be very proud of, just as we, your brothers, are proud of you.

    The Judge screwed up and the family of the dead suspect did what they could to commit this sick individual but the Judge simply would not listen. I feel badly for the suspects family as they must live with the knowledge that their sibling killed a fine Deputy and feel like they were somehow responsible. They aren't and they at least tried to remove him from the streets knowing that something like this could happen.

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    T_9

    over 3 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

    Bump wiseass0282

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    tremor2

    over 3 years ago

    430 Comments

    How was this mentally ill man able to have access to firearms? Why didn't the family get rid of any that were at his home while he had been admitted for observation?

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50400 Comments

    Bump wiseass0282

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    granny1

    over 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    so very sad.rest in peace.its ashame we are sending millions of dollars to other countries instead of helping our own.

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    bpd320

    over 3 years ago

    42 Comments

    Rest in Peace, our prayers go out to you, your family and Department

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    Buster10

    over 3 years ago

    258 Comments

    SEEMS LIKE EVERY OTHER DAY WE LOOSE ANOTHER OFFICER, VERY SAD. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO OFFICER STEIN AND ESPECIALLY HIS LITTLE GIRL.
    RIP MY BROTHER

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    SPD934

    over 3 years ago

    48 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    He has a 9 year old daughter. Makes me sick to think about how mom has to tell daughter that daddy isn't comming home. This story brings tears. May GOD be with you all involved

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    RAMBO_911

    over 3 years ago

    68986 Comments

    Big Bump John, ( wiseass0282 ) You explained just the way it was! it's a shame it's still not like that, the world would be a better place and the dumb asses would know their place after spending time in lock up, and maybe even a few good ass whoopins.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    It is extremely hard to get someone committed to the overburdened mental institutions. The judge can only go on the information available. This "piece of work" may have been able to fake and convince the court. Sad that it cost several lives to find out what was already known, a dangerous man with 30 years of mental illness. RIPB

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    shaun741

    over 3 years ago

    2758 Comments

    RIP prayers for your family and friends

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    It is extremely hard to get someone committed to the overburdened mental institutions. The judge can only go on the information available. This "piece of work" may have been able to fake the court.

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    bristp

    over 3 years ago

    248 Comments

    Thanks to the bleeding heart liberal judge, who feel that we need to be "accepting" and cannot infringe on mentally disabled people, and release them into the public as a ticking time bomb.....

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