KEARNEY, Neb. — A Kearney police officer has pleaded not guilty in the shooting of a man after a traffic stop.

Online court records say 35-year-old Derek Payton entered the written plea to a felony assault charge last week in Buffalo County District Court in Kearney. The records don’t show a trial has been scheduled. Payton remains on administrative leave.

A phone listed for the prosecutor rang unanswered Thursday morning.

Payton is accused of shooting three times on June 5 at Jose Klich, striking him once in the abdomen. An affidavit in support of Payton’s arrest warrant says Payton was not in the path of Klich’s car when he fired as Klich began to drive away from the scene. Klich survived the shooting.

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