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Police officer shoots at dog but kills mother in front of her husband and son instead (video)

By Mason White 1:38 PM January 9, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A police officer in Iowa, tried to shoot a dog, but killed a mother instead.

Police were called to a house in the 100 block of South Garfield Avenue, for a domestic disturbance.

A neighbor who claims to have witnessed the whole incident, said that the woman was hitting her husband outside her house.

The couple, whose 4-year-old son was with them, reportedly argued after the husband wanted to take their son with him, but she refused.

The officer tried to stop the fight when the couple’s dog jumped on him. The neighbor said that the officer stepped back and drew his weapon.

Burlington police officer Jesse Hill fired his gun twice, with one round hitting 34-year-old Autumn Mae Steele in the torso. She died from her injuries.

The officer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for a dog bite. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.