On Monday, Dec. 30 at approximately 10 a.m., the Fulton Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for reported suspicious activity in the 700 block of Hickman Avenue.

The vehicle initially fled. After a short pursuit, the Fulton police officer exited his patrol vehicle and was on foot attempting to contact the driver when the vehicle accelerated toward him. The officer discharged his service weapon.

The shooting occurred at 9:47 a.m. behind McIntire Elementary School in Fulton. School was not in session at the time due to the Christmas break.

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The 25-year old male driver, Cody L. McCaulou, of Columbia, Missouri, sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital, in Columbia. The police officer and two female occupants of the pursued vehicle were not injured. The name of the officer was not released, and he was placed on administrative leave.

On Dec. 31 at 4:15 p.m., McCaulou was pronounced deceased at University Hospital. An autopsy was completed on Jan. 2 and the results of the examination are pending.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is continuing to investigate the incident.

At the request of the Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney, who recused himself from the matter, a special prosecutor has been appointed by the Circuit Court of Callaway County to review the matter and determine whether any criminal charges are warranted from the incident.

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