The shooting death of a Keokuk County Deputy Sheriff Monday was the first fatal shooting of a law officer in the state in 25 years. Iowa State Patrol Trooper Jason Marlow says the Keokuk County sheriff and two deputies were at the home southwest of Sigourney to see a man about an incident that happened Sunday.
He says upon their arrival at the scene, the officers were fired upon by the suspect and one officer was shot and later died from the wounds. The deputy who died was identified as 38-year-old Eric Stein. Marlow says the State Patrol tactical unit later shot and killed the suspect, 53-year-old Jeff Krier.
Marlow says the shooting investigation continues and there are several details that cannot be released. He says this type of shooting is rare. Marlow says we’re certainly fortunate to live in Iowa where events like this are very unlikely to happen. “We know that many people that live in our state are very respectful of law enforcement,” Marlow said.
Deputy Stein had been with the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office since July of 2000.
By Mark Carlson, KCRG TV, Cedar Rapids