Domestic Disturbance Ends with Fatal Shooting of Burlington Woman

Burlington police aren’t saying anything, but one of their officers shot and killed a local woman late yesterday(Tues) morning in front of her house, after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.

The victim has been identified as 34-year old Autumn Steele of 104 South Garfield. The officer who shot her has not been named by the state Division of Criminal Investigation, which is now in charge of the case.

A story in today’s(Wed) Hawk Eye says Steele had just been released from the county jail, after being arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly attacking her husband Gabriel. The newspaper account goes on to quote a neighbor and witness saying it appeared the shooting of Steele was an accident, happening as the officer shot at the family’s German Shepherd…which had startled him…and the officer slipped and fell in the snow.

Autumn Steele was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.