Prosecutors seek death penalty for man accused of killing Clinton police officer

CLINTON, Mo. - Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty against Ian McCarthy, the man accused of killing a police officer during a traffic stop in August. 

Court records show Henry County prosecuting attorney Richard Shields filed notice Wednesday of his plans. 

McCarthy pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of police officer Gary Michael. 

ABC 17 previously reported 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. 


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