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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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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    When is this society going to start recognizing the need for more mental health programs. We give free money to welfare dirt that does not want to work, food stamps for people who just pop out babies left and right to get more government assitance. The judge himself probably did what he could but until the law changes and policies change the mentally ill are shortchanged. Prayers for the officers family. And bob1740 sorry for your loss as well.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    RIP DEPUTY STEIN, We are also mourning the loss of one oof our own here in chattanooga tn. SGT. TIM CHAPIN who was gunned down while persueing an armed robbery suspect. Thank both of you for JUST DOING YOUR JOB .

  • Police_car_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I'd like to be able to say that this judge did the best he could with what he has--resources for the mentally ill have been hammered by recent budget issues--but it sure sounds like this man should have been hospitalized for longer than the six days reported. I wasn't atthe hearing, though...

    RIP Deputy Stein, and my sympathies to your family and Department.

  • Img_3413_sq90_max50


    over 3 years ago


    DonnaLynn, you are so right. That is why I always document what we do and what those we contact do or don't, so if God forbid something does happen we know who to look at. While ultimately it was the individual who killed Deputy Stein, had the Judge listened to what the family was requesting and the reasons None of the above would have happened and a fallen Officer would net be being buried. UMPDAux, read the article again, the family tried to get him committed BEFORE the Deputy was killed not after.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Deputy Stein.

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump DonnaLynn!!

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    If the judge would have signed the order for committment we wouldn't be here posting comments...
    Rest in peace Deputy Stein.

  • Police_car_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in peace brother Stein!!! My condolences to the Stein family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Mentally ill or not, the court made the right call here. A man was killed and we can't just allow folks to not be held accountable, even if they weren't in complete control of themselves.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Deputy Stein, my thoughts and prayers to your family and co-workers.

  • Cruise_2014_max50


    over 3 years ago


    R.I.P. Deputy Stein. Take some solace in knowing that this man cannot commit any more violent acts.

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