Authorities say Maquoketa Man Killed Himself

Authorities say an autopsy shows a man killed himself after exchanging gunfire with a Maquoketa police officer.


The Department of Public Safety announced Thursday that an autopsy by the State Medical Examiner performed Wednesday determined Aaron Scott died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The death has been certified as a suicide.


Scott traded shots early Tuesday with Sgt. Brendan Zeimet after the office checked on a pickup truck in Maquoketa.


Scott emerged from the pickup with a rifle, hitting Zeimet in the left forearm. Zeimet was treated at a hospital and released.


Scott fled in the pickup, which was found crashed a short time later. Officers found Scott dead inside.


The autopsy showed Scott had been shot by Zeimet in the leg. That injury wasn’t life-threatening.