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Dashcam Video Shows Small Town Iowa Shootout

Dashcam video from a Maquoketa (Iowa) officer's car shows a gun battle between the officer and a rifle-wielding suspect. Read Full Story Here.

April 15, 2014

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Sam Jefferson @ 4/15/2014 3:10 PM

A sidearm against a semi-auto rifle! Thank heaven it ended this way; things could obviously have been far far worse.

Rick @ 4/15/2014 3:14 PM

Send the Sgt. to Calibre Press Street Survival School; that was some pretty bad tactics just walking up on the guy. He reacted quickly after seeing the SKS, but he's fortunate to have survived after just walking up like that.

Louis Kranyak @ 4/15/2014 5:11 PM

Glad the officer wasn't hurt worse. The world is better off without that loser!

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 4/15/2014 7:09 PM

The Sgt could not even see the suspect until he got to the edge of the truck when the suspect opened the door watch the Sgt's hands he was going for his weapon. The only thing he should have done was call for back up first. Glad you are all right take care and stay safe.

sky @ 4/16/2014 5:56 AM

It's so easy to play Monday mornign QB on the tactics. Nobody is tactically perfect all the time. We try but poop happens. The Sgt is the one who was there and survived. I'm sure he's kicking his self in the butt for approaching the way he did but I bet he learned a lesson. Bless him and all his relations.

Rob @ 4/16/2014 9:55 AM

We don't go to every motorist assist with our weapon drawn and calling for can't Monday morning QB this like that. EVERY single one of us has walked up to a vehicle like this without it turning out the way this did. I'm glad the Officer is going back to work and it turned out like it did. Stay Safe!

TheRookie @ 4/16/2014 9:12 PM

Wow, What happened to reactionary gap for placing vehicle and staggering it a little? Having headlights in your eyes is a rookie mistake. It's bad enough to pull up behind a way higher positioned vehicle, but to pull up to the front. Yikes!!! One should never Monday morning QB and/or criticize. But, Critiquing is always good advise. He is damn, damn lucky to be alive.

Keith E Brown @ 4/17/2014 9:58 AM

We can't be prepared for everything, he's human just like everyone else, there had to be a reason why he was in front of, and not behind the pickup, because we don't know the full situation, but I am glad he's alrigh, keep performing your duty and making us proud!
A Upcoming Officer,
Keith E Brown
Sinclair Community College pursuing Law Enforcement degree

Adam @ 4/17/2014 6:57 PM

Looking at the comments (espcially "Ricks") to this and how he was not being "tactical" is from some obvious rookies. Classroom training and real life is different. He approached the truck with his reaction empty and ready to be used. He didn't run up on the truck, he approached keeping distance between him and the suspect. Once he saw the threat he did what he's suppose to do...draw his pistol while creating distance.

TheRookie @ 4/17/2014 8:02 PM

Adam, On any call I hope you don't run up on a vehicle. Especially a possible suicidal or domestic call with weapons involved. Only time I ever would consider running up on and towards a vehicle is in a injury involved/burning vehicle. He crossed in the front of his & between the suspects vehicles with headlights on leaving a blinding effect. We all learn something new & different every day. As my old FTO once said, Kid if you ever think you've learned everything in this game then you better hang your duty belt up and quit the business. I'm glad the Sgt. survived.

Adam @ 4/18/2014 2:48 AM

Did you not read what I said. "He didn't run up on the truck." This above call wasn't a suicidal or domestic was a motorist assist that turned bad. And if you read the story and look at the video, "Officer Brendan Zeimet was shot when he approached a truck, parked on the wrong side of the street with its LIGHTS OUT..." I agree with you completely that you never learn everything about this job and I never said I have learn everything. I just hate seeing people tear this cop apart after being in a situation that would have gone bad for any officer.

Tom Ret @ 1/28/2015 5:57 PM

Obviously, this call or situation that first appeared to be routine, turned out to be quite the contrary. At night, standing behind your vehicle's spotlight will help illuminate and blind any possible suspect while disguising your exact location. As someone pointed out, you won't be able to justifiably approach every situation with your gun out. There are ways around this without getting complaints. Some officers carry a revolver in a light jacket pocket that was out of view but could be fired through the material if immediate action was required. The way this sergeant approached the vehicle no doubt has been done in a similar fashion by countless officers who encountered nothing out of the ordinary and probably the sergeant himself. Close calls however tend to make most officers less assuming. The right tactics can save your life.

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