Investigation into death of man in Maquoketa police custody complete

Published: Jun. 15, 2019 at 5:49 PM CDT
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A special investigation into a man who died while being taken into custody in Jackson County is now complete.

It happened in June, while a Maquoketa police officer and a Jackson County deputy tried to arrest a man. Police say Drew Edwards was being arrested after they responded to an altercation at a home on West Apple Street.

The investigation found Edwards resisted arrest, and officers used a taser. When that didn't work, they had to hold him down to try to get him handcuffed.

Officials say soon after his arrest, Edwards began showing signs of a medical episode, and they called for emergency medical help. The autopsy showed Edwards died of cardiac arrest and had taken meth, ecstasy and marijuana.

The Muscatine County attorney reviewed reports and body camera video and determined the "actions of the officers were lawful."


Eastern Iowa officials are investigating the death of a man in police custody.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says in a news release that the death happened Saturday morning after Jackson County Sheriff's deputies and the Maquoketa Police Department were called to an address in Maquoketa for a fight.

The incident lead to the arrest of Drew Edwards, of Marquoketa, on suspicion of assault-related violations. Officials say that soon after Edwards' arrest, he began showing signs of a medical emergency and medics were called to help.

Shortly after being transported to the Jackson County Medical Center, Edwards was pronounced dead.

Edwards' death is being investigated by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Jackson County Attorney's Office.