Manhunt in Missouri for Driver Who Fatally Shot Police Officer

Tuesday, 08 Aug, 2017

Authorities are hunting Ian McCarthy who is wanted for the killing of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, 37, on Sunday.

A manhunt was underway in Missouri Monday for a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a police officer.

Michael returned fire, but McCarthy managed to get back into his vehicle and drive away, crashing the auto just two blocks west, officials said.

The Missouri Highway Patrol was looking for Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton as the suspect. After he was pulled over, McCarthy allegedly got out of his vehicle and fired shots at the officer before fleeing in his vehicle.

Sergeant Bill Lowe of the Missouri Highway Patrol told 41 Action News the traffic stop was in regard to a registration violation. He is considered armed and risky, and the public is advised not to approach him.

Lowe said Monday that the vehicle Michael stopped is registered to McCarthy. The driver returned to his auto and drove away, but crashed and proceeded to flee on foot. "(Michael) was heroic right to the end.

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Michael had a wife and stepchildren, according to CNN affiliate WDAF.

The fallen officer was identified as 37-year-old Gary Michael.

Michael was shot during a traffic stop in Clinton. It was not clear if the driver was shot or injured in the crash. The town of 8,800 is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Police said the suspect is still at large and is "armed and unsafe", KMBC reported.

No other details have been released at this time.