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Maquoketa Shooter’s Suicidal Past
MAQUOKETA, IA (CBS2/FOX28) People in Maquoketa got their first view of exactly what happened when a Maquoketa police officer opened fire on a suicidal man back on April 1st. Investigators say Sergeant Brendan Zeimet was justified in his use of deadly force, injuring Aaron Scott, who pulled an assault rifle on the officer during a welfare check.
Scott had left a suicide note, but it wasnt the first time that he planned to kill himself, and it also wasnt the first time that someone else got hurt during his attempt. The Jones County Sheriff also responded to a shooting in 2007 thats very similar to the incident earlier this month.
Police say the sequence of events leading up to Aaron Scott and Sergeant Zeimet exchanging gunfire on April 1st started with an argument and a call.
"An hour before the shooting, Scott has some sort of falling out with the girl he had been seeing, Scott then called his estranged wife and told her she needed to get to the home to take care of the son as he had, a score to settle," said Jackson County Attorney Sara Davenport.
When Scotts estranged wife showed up, Scott was gone and the child was alone with boxes of ammunition nearby and a suicide note. After leaving the scene of the shooting, Scott was found dead after his truck rolled over in a ditch in Clinton County. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"The investigation further revealed that in addition to the SKS assault rifle, Scott had a second rifle, a shotgun and a hand gun, said Davenport.
"Aaron Scott did have a valid permit to from Jones County to have a firearm, a concealed firearm. And so based on the criteria set forth in Iowa, he was not precluded from that, said Iowa DCI Special Agent Matt George.
Aside from serving jail time for two OWIs, Scott had been involved in a shooting before. Back in 2007, the Jones County Sheriff responded to his home in Wyoming, Iowa where Scott threatened to shoot himself. One friend wrestled with him for the gun, causing it to go off. The report says it struck another friend in the chest, hes been paralyzed ever since. Charges were never filed in the 2007 case because the prosecutor couldnt prove that Scott intended to shoot his friend.
As for Sergeant Zeimet, he returns to work Tuesday and is expected to go back to his shift Wednesday night, just two weeks after the shooting.