Officials: Bad Breakup Led To Maquoketa Shootout; Officer Cleared

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Investigators revealed a bad breakup likely triggered a shootout that wounded a Maquoketa police officer and ended in a suicide.

Aaron Scott split with his girlfriend just an hour before shooting and wounding Sergeant Brendan Zeimet, investigators said. Scott later shot himself in Clinton County after a police chase.

Scott had a small arsenal when he left his Jones County home on April 1. Investigators say he had four guns and plenty of ammo.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations Agent Matt George said, "we did know based on the note that was left at his house that he did plan to die. "

Investigators released dash cam video from Zeimet's squad car. Just before 3:00 a.m. after noticing Scott's truck parked the wrong way on West Grove Street, Sergeant Zeiment pulled over to check on him. That's when Scott opened his door and stepped out.

While describing the images in the dash cam video, George said, "It's not until Sgt. Zeimet gets closer, about 5 to 8 feet away and clears his door and he sees Aaron Scott holding the assault riffle."

Zeimet grabbed his gun and admits firing the first shot.Then, Scott unloads with his SKS riffle. Firing up to 19 shots. Debris flies as bullets hit the squad car. One bullet hits Ziemet in the forearm.

"(Zeimet) actually falls behind the squad car as Aaron continues to spray and fire bullets in his direction, " said George.

Despite a history of mental illness, alcohol abuse and accidentally shooting a friend in 2007, Scott was a registered gun owner.

"Scott did have a valid permit from Jones County to have a concealed firearm and based on the criteria set forth in Iowa, he was not precluded from that," said George.

Now, Maquoketa Police say it's time to move on.

Maquoketa Police Chief Brad Koranda said, "I also want to keep in mind the Scott family also had a tragedy that night and we as a department give our sympathies to them also. "

Prosecutors also said Zeimet's use of force in the incident was "justified and reasonable."
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