Clinton, Mo., police officer shot, killed during traffic stop; manhunt underway

Officer Gary Michael 37 died from a gunshot wound after a traffic stop turned violent

Henry County deputies, Missouri state troopers and the Clinton Police Department set up roadblocks around the area, saying they believe McCarthy is still in Clinton. The driver exited the vehicle, a Dodge Nitro, and opened fire at Michael, who shot back, police said. The suspect drove about three blocks before crashing his auto and fleeing on foot. Police do not know if any of Michael's rounds struck McCarthy.

Sergeant Martin said Mr. McCarthy's auto was found abandoned a short distance from the scene of the shooting after it hit an embankment.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is looking for Ian McCarthy, 39, who they say is the registered owner of the auto involved in the stop. The patrol said a suspect was able to flee the scene on foot, and as of right now his location is unknown.

Authorities initially named McCarthy as a person of interest, then later labeled him a suspect before prosecutors announced the charges.

Michael had only been on the force for one year.

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However, authorities aren't giving up hope of catching Officer Michael's alleged killer.

Tactical teams have cordoned off the area around the crash and are searching for the suspect Monday.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told KSHB-TV that Clinton Officer Gary Michael died late Sunday after stopping a driver near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

Michael returned fire, and the suspect drove off before crashing blocks away.

No further details have been released.

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