Missouri Police Officer Shot And Killed At Traffic Stop

Officer Gary Michael 37 died from a gunshot wound after a traffic stop turned violent

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. The traffic stop, near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, involved a registration violation, Lowe said. Lowe said authorities believe he is still on foot somewhere in the Clinton area.

As he approached McCarthy's Dodge Nitro, police say the driver got out of the vehicle and started shooting. Authorities did not know whether he was wounded.

Ian McCarthy has been identified as a person of interest in that shooting.

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.

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The slain officer had been with the department less than a year.

Authorities initially named McCarthy as a person of interest, then later labeled him a suspect before prosecutors announced the charges. Lowe says Michael was "heroic right to the end".

The suspect fled the scene and abandoned the vehicle.

Michael returned fire but was not able to stop the man from driving away.

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

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.

No other details have been released at this time.

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