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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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  • Img_1347a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Bro. Eric, May Yahweh comfort your family at their hour of need!

  • Absolutelawenf_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace

  • Win_20140410_232326_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Dscn0533_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Although one of our Nation's heroes, Deputy Sheriff Eric Stein is gone and will be missed by so many who love him dearly, it is times like this that we all get to make a decision as to how we will deal with this tragedy. And the choices that we, as adults make, are watched so very carefully by our children and will undoubtedly affect how they deal with the tragedies which will eventually come their way. This is the time to talk about mental illness with appropriate terminology; this is the time to have youngsters talk about their heroes - and take the time to talk about what a true hero is, and this is the time to explain that although Eric is gone...

    You can shed tears that he is gone,
    Or you can smile because he lived,
    You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
    Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

    Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
    Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

    You can remember him and only that he is gone
    Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
    You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
    Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

    Sir, Rest in Peace knowing that others are there to protect your city. May God Bless the entire community and the family of the suspect, who, are also grieving in a way that I hope NONE of us ever personally experience.

  • Thinker_max50


    over 3 years ago


    A complete investigation needs to be completed to see who is responsible for what. However, how can you blame a judge for failing to commit someone for mental health problems? A judge can only base commitment decisions on qualified mental health providors and apparently the mental health providors determined him to be ok...

  • 21_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother, My thoughts and prayers are with the family and department

  • Eagle-3_max50


    over 3 years ago


    As you departed the bonds of this earth and touched the face of God, know that the service and dedication you had for your department, its fellow officers and the citizens of your community will never be forgotten. May God comfort in this time of sorrow your family, your fellow officers and all those whose lives you have touched. RIP brother, we’ll take it from here.

  • Surfs_up_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace my brother!
    You fell to another flaw in our mental health system, may those who are responsible in our mental health system have a hard time sleeping.

  • Impd_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump. WiseAss.

  • Img_3794ma26750579-0005_max50


    over 3 years ago


    'Blessed are the peacemakers'

    Rest in peace Deputy Stein.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    A true tragedy and the loss of a young hero's life. A tragedy for the family of the perp who need help and could not get it because of the red tape. Rest in peace Deputy Stein.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Brother. My sympathies go out to your family and Department.

  • Bayou_032_max50


    over 3 years ago


    bump wiseass

  • Att179311_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP so is the judge going to get charges against hi to he is a s guilty as the perp

  • John_groh_max50


    over 3 years ago


    RIP Deputy Stein my thoughts and prayers are with you. Now days the have Bi Polar to blame actions on or ADD when a child can't control their actions. When I was groing up there was no such thing as ADD the kid was called hyper active. The parents and teachers handled it by correcting the child every time they acted up even if that meant beating their little asses, and it worked. They didn't have Bi Polar, the adults were called Assholes, and you kicked their ass or locked them up every time they acted up, and that worked too. Keep the jerks locked up and they won't hurt anyone. Today they depend too much on drugs to correct bad actions.

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