- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

WEST UNION, Iowa (AP) - The Department of Public Safety is releasing details about a weekend shooting at a northeast Iowa hospital that left an inmate dead.

The department Tuesday identified the Fayette County Jail inmate as 32-year-old Steven Harreld and the deputy as Jeremy Stiefel.

The Saturday incident happened at Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union, where Harreld had sought treatment. Stiefel released the inmate from his handcuffs as he changed into his jail clothes and was releasing his leg cuffs when Harreld attacked.

Harreld grabbed the deputy’s gun and demanded his release. While searching for handcuff keys Stiefel reached his stun-gun-like device. Harreld shot Stiefel, who deployed the device.

Stiefel wore a ballistic vest and wasn’t seriously hurt.

Harreld shot himself in this head and died. An autopsy ruled it a suicide.

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