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NEW DETAILS: Iowa man dead after shooting Maquoketa officer

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Police secure the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Maquoketa on April 1, 2014. Police secure the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Maquoketa on April 1, 2014.
Aaron Edward Scott file photo Aaron Edward Scott file photo
MAQUOKETA (KWWL) - A Wyoming, Iowa man who shot a Maquoketa police officer on Tuesday died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said Thursday.

An autopsy performed on Tuesday showed that 30-year-old Aaron Edward Scott, who was found dead at the scene of a rollover accident in Clinton County after the shooting, shot himself.

Maquoketa Police Sgt. Brendan Ziemet shot Scott in the leg before he fled the scene. The autopsy showed that gunshot wound was not life threatening.

Ziemet was shot once in the left forearm by Scott. He was treated at a hospital and released.

Ziemet, a 13-year veteran of the Maquoketa Police Department, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.



An eastern Iowa man is dead after shooting and injuring a Maquoketa police officer early Tuesday morning, officials said in press conference later that day.

That man is Aaron Edward Scott, 30, of the Wyoming, Iowa area.

Officials say a Maquoketa police officer, who they are declining to name until later this week, approached Scott's blue pickup truck as part of a traffic stop shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday. That was in the 200 block of West Grove Street. Officials say Scott then got out of his car with his rifle and exchanged fire with the officer.

The officer received one gunshot wound to the arm. He was treated at the nearby Jackson County Regional Health Center and released. He's now recovering, Maquoketa police chief Brad Koranda said.

"He's doing fine right now," Koranda told members of the media at the 11 a.m. press conference. "He is home, doing okay."
Several rounds also struck the officer's squad car. That may hinder officials from obtaining the dash cam video, said Bill Kietzman, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent in charge of investigating the incident.

"The squad car was shot and it disabled some of the mechanics, so we're not sure if, how and when we can get that," Kietzman said. "We hope we have it."

He said Scott drove away from the scene after the shooting. About 30 minutes later, officials found Scott dead in an apparent rollover crash in Clinton County. An autopsy scheduled for Wednesday will determine the exact cause of death.

Kietzman said officer-involved shootings are not entirely uncommon.

"The DCI works almost all the officer-involved shootings in the state of Iowa," Kietzman said. "I've worked probably 20 or 25 in my career, which is, you know, way more than we'd like to, obviously."

Assisting the Maquoketa Police Department were the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Clinton County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Iowa State Patrol, the Jackson County Attorney's Office and the Clinton County Medical Examiner's Office.



A search for a suspect who was part of an officer involved shooting is underway in Maquoketa.

The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. during a traffic stop on the 200 block of West Grove Street.

According to police, one officer was shot by the suspect who then fled the scene.

The officer was taken to Jackson County Regional Health Center with injuries that were not life-threatening and is expected to survive.

Stay with KWWL for updates as they become available.

Becca Habegger and Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.
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