Clinton, Missouri police officer shot and killed late Sunday night

Ian McCarthy 39 is a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Clinton Mo. Police Officer Gary Michael

McCarthy is accused of killing Officer Gary Michael, 37, who died from a gunshot wound after a traffic stop turned violent around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

KSHB reports that police blocked off the area of the crash and set up checkpoints around Clinton as they continued to search for the suspect.

A police officer has been shot and killed following a traffic stop in Clinton. The officer was able to return fire but it was unclear if the suspect was hit. McCarthy, of Clinton, is also wanted in New Hampshire, where a warrant was issued in 2013 when he failed to show up for sentencing on a disorderly conduct charge, according to court records in that state.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is looking for Ian McCarthy, 39, who they say is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the stop.


Michael returned fire, and the suspect drove off before crashing blocks away. In July 2015, he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

They are advising the public to avoid contact with McCarthy as he is considered armed and risky. Officers believe the driver is still on foot somewhere in the Clinton area. "The time signature for this footage is consistent with Officer Michael's murder".

Michael was a lifelong resident of Clinton and leaves behind a wife and stepsons.

Clinton is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City. "He was doing his job, you know, he was there protecting and serving and that's what we're called to do, and he did it with heroic fashion".

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