Herald Staff Report
MAQUOKETA — A Wednesday autopsy has determined that the cause of death of a man, involved in the Tuesday morning shooting of a Maquoketa police officer, was suicide.
Dr. Dennis Klein, from the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner, concluded that Aaron E. Scott, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Maquoketa Police Sgt. Brendan Zeimet — a 13-year veteran of the police department — stopped to check on a 2005 Dodge Ram driven by Scott at 2:51 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of West Grove Street in Maquoketa. According to a press release, Scott exited the vehicle with a rifle and exchanged gunfire with Zeimet. Scott received a non-life-threatening gun shot wound in the leg and fled the area in his vehicle.
Scott's pickup was found north of Iowa 136 and 150th Avenue, in Clinton County. The vehicle had been involved in a roll-over accident and Scott was dead inside the pickup.
Zeimet was shot once in the left forearm. He was treated and released following the shooting and is listed in good condition. Pending the outcome of the investigation, he is on paid administrative leave.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Clinton County Sheriff's Office, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the Iowa State Patrol, the Jackson County Attorney's Office and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner. Additional details are expected to be released once the investigation is completed.