City of Burlington, police officer sued over deadly shooting

Autumn Steele
In this 2013 photo provided by her mother, Gina Waters-Colbert, Autumn Steele is shown with her sons, Kai, left, and Gunner at her mother’s home in Columbus, Ga. The Iowa Public Information Board is considering complaints alleging that authorities have refused to release records related to the accidental Jan. 6 shooting of Steele, 34, by a Burlington, Iowa, police officer. (Gina Waters-Colbert via AP)

BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC) – The family of a woman who was shot and killed by a police officer has filed suit against the City of Burlington and the officer involved. The suit was filed Nov. 14, 2016 and asks for a jury trial claiming wrongful death and the use of excessive force in the death of Autumn Steele.

The mother of two was shot and killed on Jan. 6, 2015 when police responded to a domestic dispute. Officer Jesse Hill arrived on the scene and shot his weapon after the family dog approached him. He lost his footing and fell backward, fatally shooting Autumn Steele.

The shooting was recorded on the officer’s body camera and after an investigation, he was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Now, Autumn Steele’s husband has filed suit as executor of her estate, which includes her two minor children.

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