Suspect in Maquoketa officer's shooting died of self-inflicted wound, authorities say

Officer remains on paid administrative leave pending investigation's outcome

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April 7, 2014 | 3:09 pm

The Wyoming man involved in a shooting with a Maquoketa police officer Tuesday morning killed himself, police said Thursday.

Aaron E. Scott, 30, of Wyoming, was found dead in the wreckage of a rollover crash near in Clinton County shortly after he shot Maquoketa police officer Sgt. Brendan Zeimet. An autopsy was conducted on Wednesday and determined that Scott died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death was ruled a suicide by the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office.

According to police, at 2:51 a.m. Tuesday, Zeimet stopped to check on a blue 2005 Dodge Ram pickup that was parked in the 200 block of West Grove Street. Zeimet approached the vehicle and saw Scott out of the vehicle. Scott was wielding a rifle, officials said at Tuesday's press conference.

Zeimet and Scott exchanged fire and the officer was hit once in the left forearm. The officer’s squad car was also hit. Scott was shot once in the leg, but the injury was not life threatening, officials said. Zeimet has been treated and released and is in good condition, according to the Department of Public Safety.

According to a report from Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver, Scott was suicidal when he accidentally shot Justin Mohr in November 2007. According to the report, Scott was intoxicated, wielding a handgun and threatening suicide. Another friend, Brock Bowman, tried to wrestle the gun away from Scott and the gun discharged, striking Mohr in the chest.

Charges were never filed in the incident.

According to the Department of Public Safety, Zeimet is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation.

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