Eastern Missouri officer shot and killed during traffic stop

Clinton Police Officer shot, killed

Clinton Police Officer shot, killed

The traffic stop involved a registration violation, Lowe said. The suspect drove about three blocks before crashing his auto and fleeing on foot.

Authorities say the driver began firing at Michael as he approached the auto.

Sergeant Martin said Mr. McCarthy's vehicle was found abandoned a short distance from the scene of the shooting after it hit an embankment. Authorities did not know whether he was wounded.

The vehicle stopped was registered to Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton and he is considered a person of interest in the killing, Lowe said.

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Authorities have identified a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Missouri police officer.

Michael returned fire, but it's not clear if he hit the suspect, who fled on foot after the crash, the sergeant said. The suspect drove away but crashed and fled. He is wanted for questioning in the death late Sunday of 37-year-old Clinton police officer Gary Michael.

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

Clinton is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

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Officers searched a house Monday morning where McCarthy was thought to be, but he was not there. "He was there protecting and serving, and that's what we are called to do, and he did it, and he did with heroic fashion", Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said.

Michael had only been on the force for one year.

No further details have been released.

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