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Officer Cleared in Maquoketa Shooting
MAQUOKETA, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Investigators say a Maquoketa Police Officer who engaged in a gun battle with a suspect this month was "justified and reasonable."
It happened early on April 1st, when the officer approached a vehicle on the side of the road.
The Jackson County Attorney says Officer Brendan Zeimet observed a rifle and backed off. Authorities say that's when Aaron E. Scott of Wyoming, IA opened fire. Officer Zeimet fired back with seven rounds. Investigators say Scott's weapon fired 14-19 times.
Officer Zeimet was hit in the arm but was later treated for his injuries. Scott was hit in the leg, investigators say his injuries were not life threatening and he sped away from the scene.
Authorities found his body in a pickup that had rolled off the road. An autopsy determined Scott died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
During their investigation, authorities learned that Scott phoned his estranged wife an hour before the shooting and told her to come over to get their son.
When she arrived, Scott was already gone and had left behind a suicide note.