Manhunt underway after Missouri police officer shot dead during traffic stop

Credit Missouri State Highway Patrol

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

Surveillance video from two convenience stores in Clinton was used to link Mr. McCarthy and the abandoned vehicle, Sergeant Martin said.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Officer Gary Michael died after being shot during a traffic stop in the town of Clinton.

After Michael made the traffic stop and got out of his patrol vehicle, the driver got out of his auto and fired at the officer, who was able to return fire, Lowe said.

Before the shooting, surveillance from a convenience store showed the driver of a Dodge Nitro, later identified by a witness as McCarthy, pull into the parking lot and enter the store, the probable cause statement said.

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

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Authorities suspect 39-year-old Clinton resident Ian McCarthy was the shooter. According to KSHB, he has an active warrant for arrest in New Hampshire, where he has been charged for illegal weapon possession, disorderly conduct, and first-degree assault.

He is considered armed and risky, and the public is advised not to approach him.

Officials believe he may still be traveling on foot and say it is likely he is still in the Clinton area. "(Michael) was heroic right to the end.

The slain officer had been with the department less than a year. "He was protecting his community", he said.

Officer Michael leaves behind a wife and step sons.

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