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Clinton Police Officer shot, killed

Clinton Police Officer shot, killed

The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed Officer Gary Michael with the Clinton Police Department was killed during a traffic stop Sunday night near the Henry County Sheriff's Dept.

As Michael exited his vehicle in downtown Clinton, the alleged shooter also got out of his auto and fired once at the officer before fleeing the scene and crashing his vehicle into an embankment about four blocks away, Lowe said.

Authorities say the driver began firing at Michael as he approached the auto.

McCarthy is considered armed and unsafe. Authorities did not know whether he was wounded.

Authorities suspect 39-year-old Clinton resident Ian McCarthy was the shooter.

Authorities have identified a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Missouri police officer.

Michael had only been on the force for one year.

"[Mr Michael] was heroic right to the end".

A manhunt is underway for a 39-year-old driver who is accused of killing a Missouri police officer. The driver fled the scene.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said the officer's death was "devastating". You want to make sure you keep your distance but contact us, ' Lowe told The Kansas City Star.

Lowe says the driver of a Dodge Nitro got out of the vehicle during the traffic stop and started shooting.

The officer fired back, but the gunman managed to drive off before crashing a few blocks away.

Officers searched a house Monday morning where McCarthy was thought to be, but he was not there.

No further details have been released.


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