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REPORT: Officer involved in Fulton shooting was responding to drug investigation

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Fulton police investigate the scene of an officer-involved shooting behind Mcintire Elementary School Dec. 30, 2019.


The incident report obtained by ABC 17 News reveals new information about an officer-involved shooting in Fulton on Dec. 30.

The report said the Fulton police officer was responding to an anonymous phone call that reported a 'drug deal' was underway on Hickman Ave.

The caller was emotional and requested the officers conceal their identity from the public, according to the report.

Only brief notes were typed in the incident report, including one which claimed the reporting person, "said they were there to buy a bunch of meth."

This call led an unnamed officer to respond to the area of Mcintire Elementary School, where he confronted 25-year-old Cody McCaulou.

Cody McCaulou
Photo of Cody McCaulou two of his children held in the hand of his relative, Michael Netherton Jr. Jan. 2, 2020

The caller described a tan, bulk Lesabre sedan with Tennessee license plates.

When the officer arrived, the report said he spotted a vehicle of a similar make and model, registered to Michael Netherton Sr., McCaulou's father.

At 10:01 a.m., the officer reported that the vehicle crashed into the north side wall of McIntire Elementary School. The officer reported shots fired 14 seconds later.

bullet hole in McCaulou car
Michael Netherton Sr. stand on the other side of the windshield through which a bullet struck and fatally wounded his son, Cody McCaulou. Jan. 2, 2020.

McCaulou was pronounced dead at the University Hospital in Columbia on Dec. 31.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues its investigation of the incident and a special prosecutor was appointed Friday to determine if any criminal charges are warranted.

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Joe McLean

Joe reports stories all across mid-Missouri, including our WasteBusters series of reports, and co-anchors ABC 17 News at 9 a.m. with Zara Barker.


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