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Family members protest fatal police action

WATERLOO (KWWL) - Family members of a man killed by police took to the streets to speak out against the police action.  Family members of 31-year-old Eric Rule say he didn't have to die.  Police were called to his Keystone Street home in Waterloo around 2 a.m. Saturday to a call of a domestic dispute.  Police say Rule struggled with officers before one of the officers pulled out his weapon and shot Rule in the chest.  Rule died at the scene.  The state Division of Criminal Investigation says Rule's death is a homicide.  They say an autopsy shows Rule died of multiple gunshot wounds.  They say the officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave.  They have not named the officers involved.  The DCI says it will continue its investigation.  Rule's family members say Rule had been drinking but didn't have a weapon at the time, only a cell phone. They say Rule didn't have to die.  That's why his wife and about 40 other family members and friends took to the streets Sunday afternoon in Waterloo.  They marched from Lincoln Park to Waterloo Police headquarters at City Hall.  They held signs calling for justice and asked passing motorists support of their cause.  They say it's a case of police brutality and they want answers.

"They never said, Eric turn around so we can handcuff you. They never said that. They never said they were about to take him to the ground. They never warned him they were gonna tase him and they never warned him they were about to shoot," said Rule's father-in-law, Keith Shimp.

Rule's family members say he was a big man but after clashes with police several years ago had settled down and was married with two young daughters.  Funeral services are set for Friday in Waterloo. 

Police have not released many details.  One of the officers was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Police have not released the names of the officers involved.

Online Anchor/Reporter:  Bob Waters

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