Stein, Sheriff Jeff Shipley and Deputy Casey Hinnah approached the home of Jeffrey Alan Krier, 53, near Sigourney shortly before noon Monday, officials said. When they arrived, Krier opened fire. Stein was hit and died of his wounds at the scene. Shipley and Hannah were unhurt.What's Krier sound like to you, a dangerous criminal or a typical gun owner? The pro-gun argument usually includes a dilineation between themselves and the criminals, which works pretty well when you're talking about crack dealers and inner-city gangbangers. But this was just a country boy who owned guns and didn't much care for the cops coming to knock at his door. In my book, that makes him all too representative of the gun owners of America who are fuelled in thier paranoia by extreme talk and exaggerated rhetoric.
A review of online court records of Krier discloses a violent history going back as far as 1996 when he was charged with stalking, carrying illegal weapons, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance. Records show that Krier was acquitted in 1997 by reason of insanity after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the Iowa state mental hospital in Independence.
Records also show that he was convicted in 1999 of assault on a police officer and served a 90-day jail sentence.
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