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Police are working to piece together details from an officer-involved shooting in Maquoketa. They say 30-year-old Aaron Scott of Wyoming, Iowa, shot and injured a Maquoketa police officer. They say the officer approached Scott, who was parked along the side of the road in his pick-up. The officer found the driver with a weapon. Scott then reportedly got out of the truck, and fired at the officer with a rifle. They exchanged gunfire, and the Maquoketa officer was shot. The injuries he sustained were not life-threatening. Police say Scott took off, pursued by officers. About 30 minutes after the shooting, police found Scott's pickup flipped in a ditch near Lost Nation. He was dead inside the vehicle. Police have not said how he died. The name of the officer has not been released either, and there is no word yet as to why Scott fired his weapon in the first place. 

The people who knew Scott are looking for answers tonight, as well. Residents describe Wyoming, Baldwin, Monmouth and Maquoketa as a tight-knit community; most everyone in the area knew who Scott was. They say today's events have taken them by surprise. Although a lot of questions remain unanswered about what happened this morning, many residents said Scott was one of the nicest people in town. They say he frequently offered help to those in need. However, friends who have known him all his life say he had his "ups and downs."

"We caught him at a down time, and this is what happened to him," said Adam Martin, who had known Scott for around 15 years. "He just helped me Friday afternoon, cleaning up trees in a creek line. He used his equipment for free, so he was a good kid."

They saw each other almost every day, usually at Martin's workplace, a farm equipment repair shop. Scott and his family are known in the community for their large amount of farmland.

"He'd stop and visit with us in the morning before he'd actually went and done his chores," shop owner Russel Marr said, "and tell us what's going on, what he'd been doing, and tell us what he's going to do for the day."

Marr says Scott was generally a nice person with a history of minor run-ins with the police.

"He'd lost his driver's license, and that sort of thing, but I pretty much thought that was all in the past," he said.
     
Scott's friends say they aren't aware of any medical conditions. He mostly has traffic violations on his record. However, in 2007, police say he attempted suicide. When someone tried to take Scott's gun away, it went off, injuring a third person who ended up paralyzed. Still, the community says he was usually friendly, and always ready to help.

"It's going to be tough on the family, tough on the community, but everything happens for a reason, and I wish I could do more," Martin said.

"I'll miss him because it seems like we have people that stop in and see us, and when they stop coming, it kind of leaves a little empty spot," Marr said.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.

 

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