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Thousands mourn a sheriff's deputy killed

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SIGOURNEY (KWWL) -- Thousands of people gathered to mourn a sheriff's deputy shot this week during a standoff in southeast Iowa.

The funeral service for 39-year-old Sergeant Eric Stein was held Saturday at Sigourney Junior High School.

Mourners filled the school's gymnasium and two overflow rooms.

About 7,000 people, some law-enforcement officers from across the U.S., were estimated to be in attendance.

The Keokuk County sheriff's deputy from What Cheer was killed Monday when he and two other officers went to 53-year-old Jeffrey Krier's home. Authorities say Krier opened fire, killing Stein. Krier was killed after a standoff. The other officers weren't injured.

Stein is the first officer shot in the line of duty since 1985.

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