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New Information in West Union Shooting
WEST UNION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Authorities have released new information after last weekend's shooting of a Fayette County reserve deputy.
Saturday morning, Deputy Jeremy Stiefel was transporting 32-year-old Steven Harreld from the Fayette County Jail to the Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union for a medical issue.
While in the process of getting Harreld ready for discharge from the hospital, Deputy Stiefel reportedly released Harreld from his handcuffs to allow him to change into his jail clothes.
Investigators say that's when Harreld attacked Deputy Stiefel and took his firearm and held him at gunpoint. Authorities say Harreld shot Stiefel as the deputy attempted to deploy his electronic control device.
Investigators say that's when Harreld turned the gun and shot himself in the head. EMT's rushed to the scene but Harreld was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputy Stiefel was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was treated and released. Stiefel was wearing a protective vest when he was shot.
Harreld was recently arrested after a break-in at his ex-girlfriend's house in Fayette County on August 19th.
CBS2 News spoke to Harreld's family who said he had spent years battling substance abuse and depression. They say Harreld was afraid to go back to prison and they wished he could have been in an environment where he would receive treatment.
The family also said they were "so very thankful" that Deputy Stiefel was not seriously hurt during the struggle.
Deputy Stiefel has been a jailer with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office for more than two years.