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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2009
    LA(Lower Alabama)

    IA - Autumn Steele, 34, killed by a stray police bullet, Burlington, Jan 2015


    I didn't see this posted yet. Mods please delete if this is a duplicate.

    Seems accidental but tragic nonetheless

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Confusion about state above thread title?

    IIRC, story relates to former resident of Columbus GA shot & killed in Burlington Iowa

    From above link (Columbus GA newspaper or TV station?)
    "COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Authorities in Iowa are investigating the death of a woman originally from Columbus [GA].
    Autumn Steele, 34, was killed earlier this week when a police officer slipped on the snow and
    discharged his weapon in Burlington, Iowa. The stray bullet, intended to fend off Steele's dog, struck her and killed her
    in front of her husband and young son."

    Sad, sad, sad.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Looks like the kid had probably witnessed a lot of crap in his life already.

    This could have been prevented by the victim in several ways.

    Shovel your sidewalk.
    Keep your dog restrained.
    Don't beat the crap out of your spouse.


    A neighbor, Ed Ranck, told The Hawk Eye newspaper that he watched as the officer was trying to break up an argument and then he was startled by the couple's German shepherd dog.


    Less than hour before Tuesday's shooting, Autumn Steele was released from a county jail on a charge of domestic abuse assault causing injury.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Georgia -- Redneck Country
    The cop was escorting the woman home to collect her things. He didn't just shoot once, he apparently fired multiple times when he became frightened by the playful dog.

    Moral of the story is keep cops AWAY from your dogs, far too many LEOs will open fire on a dog for little or no reason. It happens way more than people think, cops answering false home alarm calls, cops searching in fenced yards for missing children etc....open fire on dogs in their own home/yard merely for barking at the officer.

    Steele then returned to the home with her police officer escort, the same person that would later kill her.

    As her husband, Gabriel Steele, was loading up their 4-year-old son, Steele came out of the house and got into an altercation with him. She was followed by the dog.

    When the escort officer saw the disturbance he went to break it up. [U]Witnesses say that at this time the dog was being playful, but apparently still threatened the officer which caused him to draw his pistol and begin shooting.


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