MAQUOKETA, Iowa - The suspect involved in an early morning officer-involved shooting was found dead in his pickup after a rollover crash, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
According to DCI special agent-in-charge Bill Kietzman, 30-year-old Aaron Edward Scott, of the Wyoming, Iowa, area, was found dead in a rolled over truck discovered in Clinton County. Officials are not releasing the name of the Maquoketa Police sergeant involved in the shooting, pending a full investigation.
According to Kietzman, at 2:51 a.m. Tuesday, the officer stopped to check on a blue 2005 Dodge Ram pickup that was parked in the 200 block of West Grove Street. The officer approached the vehicle and saw Scott out of the vehicle. Scott was wielding a rifle, Kietzman said.
The officer and Scott exchanged fire and the officer was hit once in the arm. The officer's squad car was also hit. Officials are not releasing whether Scott was hit.
"We're not going to speculate on his cause of death," Kietzman said.
Scott fled the scene and was eventually located by other on-duty Maquoketa police officers. A pursuit ensued south of Maquoketa, but officers lost Scott in the area of Elwood in Clinton County. A short time later, the pickup was discovered by an Iowa State Patrol trooper and Clinton County Sheriff deputy. The vehicle was on its roof and Scott was deceased inside, Kietzman said.
An autopsy for Scott has been scheduled for Wednesday in Ankeny. Officials said they don't know who fired first or what caused the shooting.
"We don't know that yet," Kietzman said. "We'd like to find out."
Scott has little prior criminal history, save for two drunken driving arrests. Officials said Scott did not have any warrants for his arrest.
Scott was involved in a 2007 shooting in Jones County, according to KCRG.com archives. According to initial reports, Scott and two other men where involved in a shooting incident that left one man paralyzed.
Kietzman said the officer has been released from the hospital and is at home on paid administrative leave.
"He'll be talked to within the next two to five days when he's ready," Kietzman said.
Maquoketa Police Chief Brad Koranda, who held back tears during the press conference, said the officer shooting was the first in Koranda's 26 years with the department.