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Man charged with killing officer pleads not guilty

Ian McCarthy (KRCG 13 Web Staff/Henry County Jail)

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.

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