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Inmate, jailer involved in West Union hospital shooting named

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Steven Harreld, 32 years old Steven Harreld, 32 years old
Fayette County Jailer/Reserve Deputy Jeremy Stiefel Fayette County Jailer/Reserve Deputy Jeremy Stiefel

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has released the name of the individuals involved in a shooting inside a West Union hospital over the weekend.

According to DCI Spokesman Alex Murphy, on Aug. 23, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Fayette County Deputy Jeremy Stiefel was with Steven Harreld, 32, an inmate of the Fayette County Jail. 

Reports show Harreld had been brought to the Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union the day before for a reported medical issue.

According to DCI, while in the process of getting Harreld ready for discharge from the hospital and his subsequent return to the jail, Deputy Stiefel released Harreld from his handcuffs to allow Harreld to change into his jail clothes.

When Deputy Stiefel went to release Harreld's leg cuffs, Harreld attacked Deputy Stiefel, fighting for his firearm. 

Reports show Harreld took Deputy Stiefel's firearm and held him at gunpoint, ordering him to release him from his hand and leg cuffs.

Results from a DCI investigation show that while Deputy Stiefel was searching for the handcuff key, he was able to get to his electronic control device, when Harreld shot him with the firearm.

According to DCI, Deputy Stiefel then deployed his electronic control device on Harreld, and Harreld then used Deputy Stiefel's firearm to inflict a gunshot wound upon himself. 

Murphy said EMT's responded to both Deputy Stiefel and to Harreld, and they tried to save Harreld's life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputy Stiefel was treated at Palmer Lutheran hospital for a gunshot wound to his abdomen. 

According to DCI, he was wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the incident, and was subsequently treated for his injuries and released. 

Deputy Stiefel has been a jailer with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office for approximately 2 ½ years and a Reserve Deputy for approximately 1 ½ years.

Records show Harreld had been an inmate at the Fayette County Jail since Aug. 20, after he was arrested on several charges stemming from a break-in at his ex-girlfriend's house in Fayette County that had occurred on Aug. 19.

On Aug. 25, an autopsy was completed on the body of Harreld at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny by Jonathan Thompson, MD, Associate State Medical Examiner. 

The State Medical Examiner determined Harreld's cause of death was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and he classified the manner of death as a suicide.

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