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Earlier this year, tragedy struck as a routine procedure went horribly wrong and ended in the death of a woman as well as the confinement and possible execution of a beloved family dog. Due to a prior domestic disturbance arrest, Burlington, Iowa, resident Autumn Mae Steele was required to have a police escort while retrieving belongings from her home. The police department sent officer Jesse Hill to supervise. Autumn and her husband began to argue in front of the house, and Hill tried to break them up. According to reports, the family's German Shepherd, Sammy, approached the officer and jumped near his back. Though some witnesses state the dog was being "playful," Hill was startled and opened fire on the dog in front of the Steele family, including their 4-year-old son. While discharging his weapon, witnesses claim Hill "fell down in the snow" and fatally shot Autumn in the chest.