Deputy Sheriff Eric Stein Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office Iowa EoW: Monday, April 4, 2011

Photograph: Deputy Sheriff Eric SteinPatch image: Keokuk County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff Eric Stein
Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office

End of Watch: Monday, April 4, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 38
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, April 4, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Deputy Eric Stein was shot and killed as he, the county sheriff, and another deputy attempted to question a man regarding an incident that had occurred the previous night.
The three officers had gone to the man’s rural home shortly before noon when they were fired upon. Deputy Stein was struck by the shots and fatally wounded. The sheriff and other deputy took cover and called for assistance.
The subject remained barricaded in his home for about three hours before coming outside with a firearm. He was killed by an Iowa State Patrol tactical unit.
Deputy Stein had served with the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He is survived by his 9-year-old daughter, sister, and father.

Agency Contact Information
Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office
204 South Stone
Sigourney, IA 52591
Phone: (641) 622-2727
Please contact the Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Information on this memorial is preliminary. A final determination on line of duty status may be made at a future date.

SIGOURNEY – The father of a Keokuk County sheriff’s deputy killed Monday in a standoff described his son Tuesday morning as a “very well liked” officer who “helped a lot of people.”

Lonnie Stein told KCRG-TV9 his son, Eric Stein, was a great father to his daughter, Shelby, who is in elementary school.

Lonnie Stein said his son focused his life around helping care for people in the community. He said he last saw his son about seven weeks ago and is completely shocked, as so many are, by Eric’s death.

“He was very well liked. He was an EMT for several years before he became a deputy,” Lonnie Stein said. “And (Eric) went around and helped a lot of people in the area.”

Stein said he doesn’t know a lot of details about the shooting. He was in Texas and is currently driving home to What Cheer with several other family members.

Investigators say the incident started around noon Monday when Stein, Sheriff Jeff Shipley and Deputy Casey Hinnah went to check on a house on 249th Street, southwest of Sigourney. They were following up on an unspecified incident from the night before.

The Iowa State Patrol said when deputies arrived, 53-year-old Jeff Krier opened fire, killing Stein, 38. Krier was killed three hours later after emerging from the home with weapons, authorities said.

Stein’s funeral will be held at Harden Funeral Chapel in What Cheer. All other details, including the time and date, are pending at this time. Representatives from the funeral home hope to meet with Stein’s family Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

As of noon Tuesday, law enforcement authorities had not released any more information on Monday’s shooting.

On Tuesday morning, the road near Krier’s home was still blocked off by authorities, although investigators were visible at the scene.



1 Response to “Deputy Sheriff Eric Stein Keokuk County Sheriff’s Office Iowa EoW: Monday, April 4, 2011”

  1. 1 themunz April 25, 2011 at 16:51

    No I am not, sorry

    Also Akismet marked this as spam automatically. Sorry about that.
    But I do all I can to maintain a respectful decorum on this site

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