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Iowa officer shot, suspect found dead

MAQUOKETA, Iowa -- Police said a man exchanged gunfire with a Maquoketa police officer during an early-morning traffic stop today, hitting the officer once, before leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase that ended with the man dead.

Aaron E. Scott, 30, of Wyoming, was found dead in his pickup on 150th Avenue, near Lost Nation, just before 3:30 a.m. today by Clinton County sheriff’s deputies and Iowa State Patrol troopers. The cause of Scott’s death is unclear, and police will not comment on whether he was shot by the officer during the traffic stop.

Meanwhile, the Maquoketa officer, a sergeant with 13 years on the force who still has not been identified, was shot once in the upper arm. He was taken to Jackson County Regional Health Center, but he had been discharged and was home this morning.

Maquoketa Police Chief Brad Koranda said the officer is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Bill Kietzman, special agent in charge at Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation, said it’s routine not to release the name of the officer until he is interviewed by DCI.

According to Kietzman, the incident started at about 2:50 a.m. today when the Maquoketa sergeant, nearing the end of his shift, stopped to investigate a blue 2005 Dodge Ram pickup parked on the side of the street in the 200 block of West Grove. He said Scott got out of the vehicle with a high-powered rifle and shot at the officer, who returned fire. The officer was hit once and his squad car was hit multiple times, damaging mechanical components including the dashboard camera.

Scott then fled, running from chasing authorities until the wreck in Clinton County.

DCI officials said they couldn’t comment on a motive or provide more details about the incident until the investigation is complete.

An autopsy on Scott is set for Wednesday to determine his cause of death.

Koranda said it’s the first time a Maquoketa officer has been shot in the 26 years he’s been on the force.

It marked the second high-profile shooting Scott was involved in.

According to previous TH Media reports, he was sitting in a pickup truck at his Wyoming home with a loaded gun in his hand in 2007 when a second man tried to disarm him. In the struggle, the gun fired once, hitting Justin Mohr, of Maquoketa. He is now paralyzed.

Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said Scott also was in jail a couple of years ago on a drunk driving charge.

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