Clinton, Missouri police officer shot and killed late Sunday night


A manhunt is underway in Clinton, Missouri after a police officer was shot and killed in what appeared to be a routine traffic stop. Emergency officials transported Michael, 37, to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Radio dispatch audio offers insight into the chaos that followed the fatal shooting of Clinton, Missouri, police Officer Gary Michael. Sergeant Martin said that witness subsequently confirmed that the person who entered the vehicle and drove off was Mr. McCarthy. McCarthy was initially a person of interest in the murder but was deemed the prime suspect by morning.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said the officer's death was "devastating".

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

Video from a second shop, Clinton Convenience Store, shows Mr. McCarthy's vehicle exiting the parking lot of the Everyday Convenience Store and driving toward the scene of the shooting.

Authorities initially named Ian McCarthy of Clinton, the person to whom the vehicle was registered, as a person of interest, then later labeled him a suspect.

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Lowe said Monday that the auto Michael stopped is registered to McCarthy.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Henry County Sheriff's Office and Clinton Police Department are searching for McCarthy. Lowe says Michael was "heroic right to the end". Every traffic stop yields its own issues sometimes. You want to make sure you keep your distance but contact us, ' Lowe told The Kansas City Star. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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