Nebraska police officer charged in traffic stop shooting

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

       KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) _ The state attorney general’s office says a Kearney police officer has been charged with assault in the shooting of a man after a traffic stop.
        A news release sent by the office Thursday says Officer Derek Payton turned himself in Wednesday and immediately posted bond. Online court records don’t list the name of an attorney for him.
        The office says Payton fired three times at Jose Klich as Klich was fleeing from the June 5 traffic stop. An arrest warrant affidavit says Klich had backed up his vehicle and contacted one of Payton’s legs, despite Payton’s orders to halt the car. But the affidavit says Payton was not in the path of the car as it left the area and Payton fired.
        Klich was struck once and later had surgery.