A Clinton man in western Missouri faces multiple felony charges after shooting at police in a stand-off at a residence Saturday.
Henry County Prosecutor Richard Shields charged 46-year-old Rick Lee McCartney Sunday morning with three counts of first-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.
Police responded to a domestic disturbance Saturday and found McCartney’s wife outside the residence, who told them he was inside destroying things.
When officers yelled in through the front door for McCartney to come out and talk to them, he allegedly responded with an expletive-laden threat. “How about you shut the (blank) up and get the (blank) out before I blow your (blanking) head off,” officers quoted McCartney as saying.
They along with McCartney’s wife cleared the residence and set up a perimeter for safety. McCartney reportedly fired numerous rounds from the residence and continued to issue expletive-laced threats while conversing with officers. One officer stated that he heard a bullet as it passed near his head.
Police say McCartney later came out of the residence unarmed but fought with officers who eventually handcuffed him. Officers found numerous firearms inside the residence as well as shell casings and bullet holes. McCartney is being held on a $500,000 bond.
The assault in the first degree counts are class A felonies and each of the three is punishable by a term of from ten to thirty years or life imprisonment in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Since August 2017, two Clinton police officers have been shot to death while on duty.
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