Father of Slain Deputy Speaks Out About Son

By Gregg Hennigan & Jillian Petrus, Reporters

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Keokuk County Shooting
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SIGOURNEY, Iowa - 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.

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