Autumn Steele, 34, was shot and killed by police officer in Burlington, Iowa.
Police arrived at Steele’s home after a domestic-disturbance call. A police officer said that after arrival he saw Steele screaming and attacking her husband, who was holding their child.
According to the officer, he wanted to approach Steele and stop her, but he was bitten by a dog. He said he wanted to shoot the dog. He fired several shots, one of which fatally wounded Steele, and the second hit the dog. Steele died from her injuries. The Steeles’ German Shepherd was confiscated by police and taken to the city’s dog pound for observation. The dog was later found to be “not vicious” and was returned.
Though Steele’s mother’s lawsuit was settled in 2018, in June 2021 she said that it was not enough to get justice for her daughter. She calls for police reforms, as the officer who shot Steele has never been brought to justice.
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“I wanted to see him charged,” Steele’s mother said. “I wanted to see him reprimanded in some way, fired, whatever, it was very reckless what he did.”
“I knew this man was going to be charged. You have to be held accountable for your recklessness. But nope. Boy, was I surprised,” Steele’s mother said of the officer after he was not charged.
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