Man charged with killing officer pleads not guilty
CLINTON (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 said 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.