The Missouri State Highway Patrol says three men were arrested following a traffic stop in which shots were fired on Highway 7 in Clinton around 1:30 a.m. on August 18.

The driver of a Nissan Maxima, 33-year-old Charles Parker of Kansas City, was asked to exit the vehicle. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that a passenger, Cartez D. Mosby of Kansas City, reached for and displayed a handgun. Troopers took cover and issued verbal commands to Mosby and a backseat passenger, 17-year-old William D. Watts, who then exited the vehicle.

As Watts was being handcuffed, Mosby allegedly fired two shots. Troopers continued to issue verbal commands and, eventually, Mosby complied and exited the vehicle.

It was discovered that the vehicle and two firearms located inside had been reported stolen. All three men were arrested and transported to Henry County Jail.

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News release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol

Troopers Recover A Stolen Vehicle And Two Stolen Firearms Following A Traffic Stop

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers in Henry County conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan Maxima with three occupants, traveling south on Missouri Highway 7 near Booth Road in Clinton, Missouri. The trooper contacted the driver, who was later identified as Charles A. Parker, and had him exit the vehicle. While speaking with the driver, another trooper responded to assist with the traffic stop and attempted to contact the front seat passenger, later identified as Cartez D. Mosby. As the trooper approached the vehicle, Mosby reached for and displayed a handgun. The trooper immediately took cover and issued verbal commands to the two passengers. The backseat passenger, identified as William D. Watts, then exited the vehicle. As Watts was being secured in handcuffs, Mosby fired one shot from the vehicle followed moments later by a second shot. Troopers continued to issue verbal commands and, eventually, Mosby complied and exited the vehicle. Mosby was taken into custody without incident. Further investigation revealed both the vehicle and the two firearms located in the vehicle were reported as stolen. The driver and both passengers were arrested and transported to Henry County Jail. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton Police Department assisted with this incident.

Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields has charged Charles A. Parker, 33, of Kansas City, Missouri, with felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony stealing ─ firearm, and felony unlawful possession of a firearm. Parker is being held at the Henry County Jail on a $20,000 bond. Cartez D. Mosby, 25, of Kansas City, Missouri, has been charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon, felony stealing ─ firearm, felony unlawful possession of a firearm. Mosby is being held at the Henry County Jail on a $100,000 bond. William D. Watts, 17, has been charged with felony stealing ─ firearm and is being held at the Henry County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

The above charges are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.