A Maquoketa police officer is recovering after being shot Tuesday morning during an incident with a man who was later found dead in a rolled pickup truck.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Maquoketa Police Department says an officer stopped to check on a 2005 Dodge Ram truck parked in the 200 block of West Grove Street around 2:51 a.m. He approached the vehicle and saw the occupant was armed.
An exchange of gunfire happened and the officer was hit once in the arm with a shot from a rifle. The suspect took off in the truck. Investigators are not certain yet who fired first.
Other Maquoketa police officers located the truck and pursued it south of Maquoketa, but lost sight of it. The truck was discovered by a Clinton County sheriff’s deputy and an Iowa State Trooper about a half an hour later on 150th Avenue, north of Highway 136 in Clinton County. The truck was on its top in a deep ditch. The driver was found dead inside.
Officials have identified the suspect as 30-year-old Aaron Scott of Wyoming, Iowa. Clinton County law enforcement officials say they have had contact with him before on OWI charges.
An autopsy is being performed at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny Wednesday to determine Scott’s cause of death.
The name of the officer who was shot is not being released at this time, pending an investigation into the shooting. Officials say he is a 13-year veteran of the force. He is on paid administrative leave and recovering at home.