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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

Around noon on Monday, Steinhart said, he saw an ambulance race by his house. Dozens of emergency vehicles followed shortly.

Officials said that Sheriff Jeff Shipley and Deputies Stein and Casey Hinnah arrived at Krier’s home shortly before noon on Monday and that Krier opened fire.

Stein was hit and died of his wounds at the scene. Shipley and Hannah were unhurt.

Steinhart said he had met Stein only once. He had arrived by ambulance about 10 years ago to treat his wife for a broken ankle.

“He did a fine job,” said Steinhart, standing in his front yard near the muddy tire tracks.

He then grimaced in pain, apologized and turned his back to cry.

“I don’t know why it happened. It just did,” he said. “I’m just very sorry for Eric’s family.”

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating Monday’s deaths. Agents are conducting interviews, surveying the crime scene and reviewing evidence in an effort to reconstruct what occurred at Krier’s home on Monday, Iowa Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Jessica Lown said.

Lown said in an email response to questions from the Register that it may be several days before there are answers to questions such as what kind of weapons Krier had, how many shots were fired and who fired them. Officials are also waiting for autopsy reports on Krier and Stein, Lown said.

Lown said Krier did not have a permit to carry a weapon in Keokuk County.

On Friday evening, Krier threatened to kill a physician’s assistant, that man’s wife said.

Krier also stalked the couple’s home, said Cricket Baker, 47.

Baker said she and her husband, Robert, were at home Friday night when a nurse called from the Sigourney medical center where Robert works.

Baker said the nurse told her husband that Krier, one of his patients, had just called and threatened to kill him.

The news rattled Cricket Baker enough that she asked her husband to drive her Jeep to work Saturday instead of his convertible. She said she saw Krier drive by their house at least 12 times from Friday night to Saturday night.

Cricket Baker said the couple reported Krier’s threat to the sheriff’s office. She said that she talked to law enforcement officers Monday and that they told her they didn’t know about the incident until that morning.

Baker said she felt a sinking feeling when she saw patrol cars speeding by her home Monday.

“We came from L.A., where this kind of stuff happens all the time,” she said. “This doesn’t happen here. This is crazy.”

Neither local nor state officials released new information Tuesday about the shooting of Stein, 39, who had been with the sheriff’s office since 2000.

About three hours after Stein was shot, Krier left his house armed with weapons, was shot by an Iowa State Patrol tactical unit and died at the scene, officials said. Authorities did not say what weapons Krier had or whether he threatened other officers.

  • 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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