Crime

Burlington, Iowa Police Officer Cleared Of Wrongdoing in Fatal Shooting

| by Sean Kelly
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A Burlington, Iowa police officer was cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a woman that occurred when the officer responded to a domestic dispute.

On March 6, Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers ruled that there would be no charges filed against officer Jesse Hill in the shooting death of 34-year-old Autumn Steele.

Hill was reportedly responding to a domestic disturbance on Jan. 6 when he was attacked by a dog. Hill fired two shots at the dog, one of which missed the animal and hit Steele in the chest.

Steele was brought to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. 

Beavers said her decision was reached based on body camera evidence that supported Hill's story.

Attorney Adam J. Klein, who represents Steele's 7-year-old son, accused Beavers of determining her decision by "simply ignoring Iowa law."

According to Klein, involuntary manslaughter is punishable, "when the person unintentionally causes the death of another person by the commission of an act in a manner likely to cause death or serious injury.”

Hill has reportedly been on administrative leave since the shooting. 

Sources: CBS 2 Iowa, Des Moines Register

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