CLINTON, Mo. (AP) A judge entered a not guilty plea for a man accused in the killing of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop.
Ian McCarthy appeared via video at his arraignment Friday at the Henry County Courthouse in Clinton. He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death on Sunday of Officer Gary Michael.
McCarthy's next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 20.
Michael was shot after he stopped a driver for a traffic violation.
Prosecutors say McCarthy jumped out of his car and fired at the officer before driving a few blocks, crashing the car and fleeing on foot. McCarthy was arrested after a two-day manhunt.
Michael returned the gunfire, wounding McCarthy.
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