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A Missouri Man Was Pulled Over for a Routine Traffic Stop. Then, He Pulled Out a Rifle and Killed the Officer.

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Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol; UNSPLASH

Jul. 11 2023, Published 3:08 p.m. ET

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A Missouri man could face death when he is sentenced for killing a police officer during a routine traffic stop almost six years ago.

Following a monthlong trial, a jury convicted Ian McCarthy of the first-degree murder Clinton police officer Gary Lee Michael Jr., The Kansas City Star reported.

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According to Henry County prosecutors, in August 2017, Michael pulled over 45-year-old McCarthy because of a registration violation.

During the stop, McCarthy, armed with a high-powered rifle, exited his vehicle and shot and struck the officer, who was able to return fire.

McCarthy fled the scene and abandoned his vehicle after he crashed it into an embankment.

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The police officer died from his injuries, and McCarthy was captured days later.

The jury at the defendant’s trial determined he could be eligible for the death penalty when he is sentenced in September.

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