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JCPD Officers involved in shooting will not face charges

(KMIZ) — The Jefferson City police officers who shot an armed man to death during a traffic stop last month will not be charged with a crime, Cole County prosecutor Locke Thompson said Tuesday.

Officers shot and killed Clay Willingham of Moberly on June 7 during a stop for expired registration on Truman Boulevard near the Capital Mall.

The Jefferson City Police Department said at the time that Willingham showed a rifle but did not listen to the officers’ commands to drop the rifle.

It was the second officer-involved shooting in Jefferson City in 2021. On Jan. 3, officers shot and killed a man after he ran at them with a knife at the Wildwood Crossing shopping complex, also on the west side of the city. No charges were filed against the officers involved.

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