Iowa Cop Shoots at Dog, but Misses, Killing Woman Instead

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Not much information is available at the moment, but we have a PINAC correspondent on the ground in Burlington, trying to obtain more details.

According to [**Opposing Views:**](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/police-officer-fatally-shoots-woman-front-her-four-year-old-son)

> A woman in Burlington, Iowa, was reportedly shot and killed by a police officer outside of her home right in front of her four-year-old son.
> According to reports, 34-year-old Autumn Steele was arrested Monday night for domestic abuse. After being released from jail, Steele was told she could not return to her home without an officer to escort her. When she returned to her home to retrieve her things, she reportedly got into a dispute with her husband Gabriel as he was loading their four-year-old son into the car.
> The officer who escorted Steele to her home reportedly tried to break up the altercation, and while he was attempting to intervene, the family’s dog reportedly approached. The officer allegedly felt threatened by the dog and pulled out his gun to shoot it. As he fired shots at the dog, one of them reportedly hit the 34-year-old mother in the chest.
> “The dog startled the officer. The officer began shooting at the dog. The officer was still shooting when he fell down in the snow,” an eyewitness told The Hawk Eye.

It is not clear at this point if the dog followed through on the perceived attack on the officer, seizing on the opportunity that the cop had fallen in the snow.

The [**Hawk Eye story**](http://www.thehawkeye.com/story/Cop-shooting-010715) requires a subscription to read. We will be updating this throughout the day.

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Not much information is available at the moment, but we have a PINAC correspondent on the ground in Burlington, trying to obtain more details.

According to [**Opposing Views:**](http://photographyisnotacrime.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/police-officer-fatally-shoots-woman-front-her-four-year-old-son)

> A woman in Burlington, Iowa, was reportedly shot and killed by a police officer outside of her home right in front of her four-year-old son.
> According to reports, 34-year-old Autumn Steele was arrested Monday night for domestic abuse. After being released from jail, Steele was told she could not return to her home without an officer to escort her. When she returned to her home to retrieve her things, she reportedly got into a dispute with her husband Gabriel as he was loading their four-year-old son into the car.
> The officer who escorted Steele to her home reportedly tried to break up the altercation, and while he was attempting to intervene, the family’s dog reportedly approached. The officer allegedly felt threatened by the dog and pulled out his gun to shoot it. As he fired shots at the dog, one of them reportedly hit the 34-year-old mother in the chest.
> “The dog startled the officer. The officer began shooting at the dog. The officer was still shooting when he fell down in the snow,” an eyewitness told The Hawk Eye.

It is not clear at this point if the dog followed through on the perceived attack on the officer, seizing on the opportunity that the cop had fallen in the snow.

The [**Hawk Eye story**](http://www.thehawkeye.com/story/Cop-shooting-010715) requires a subscription to read. We will be updating this throughout the day.

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Editor-in-Chief Carlos Miller spent a decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in the Southwest before returning to his hometown Miami and launching Photography is Not a Crime aka PINAC News in 2007. He also published a book, The Citizen Journalist's Photography Handbook, which is available on Amazon.

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