Nebraska police officer charged in traffic stop shooting

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Posted: Sep 01, 2016 12:02 PM

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — The state attorney general's office says a Nebraska police officer has been charged with assault in the shooting of a man after a traffic stop.

The office said in a news release Thursday that Officer Derek Payton of Kearney turned himself in Wednesday and immediately posted bond. Online court records don't list the name of an attorney to speak on his behalf.

The office says Payton fired three times at Jose Klich as Klich fled a June 5 traffic stop. An arrest warrant affidavit says Klich backed up his vehicle and hit Payton's leg, despite Payton's orders to stop the car. The affidavit says Payton was not in the path of the car as it drove away and Payton fired.

Klich was struck once and underwent surgery.