Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Woman Shot By Police --- Possible Accident, Officer wanted to shoot Dog

After Cop Kills Woman In Front of her Husband and 4-year-old Son, Police Took the Family Dog Too

Burlington, IA– On January 6, Burlington Police Department officer Jesse Hill shot and killed unarmed 34-year-old Autumn Mae Steele in front of her husband and their 4-year-old son. The officer was supervising a domestic dispute when he deemed it necessary to shoot the family’s dog, Sammy, but shot Autumn instead.

Witnesses say the dog was being playful, but the officer “felt threatened” when the dog jumped on his back, so the officer pulled out and began shooting. At some point, the officer slipped and fell as he was firing, and one of the bullets struck Steele in her chest.

“The dog startled the officer. The officer began shooting at the dog. The officer was still shooting when he fell down in the snow,” one witness explained.

“It appeared he was shooting at the dog when (the officer) fell to the ground. It’s my belief the woman was shot accidentally,” said another witness.

Seconds after the shooting another Burlington officer arrived on the scene and both officers tried to calm Gabriel Steele, who wanted to help his wife.

“I’m a combat veteran,” he screamed. “What are you guys (police) doing? Let me help.”

Autumn Mae Steele was taken by ambulance to a hospital where she later died from the injury.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, which is overseeing the investigation has said its preliminary findings support a tragic accident. Was this an accident, or a symptom of poor training and incompetent police?d%

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