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Manhunt underway after rookie officer in Missouri killed during traffic stop

09 August, 2017, 00:08 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Officer Gary Michael 37 died from a gunshot wound after a traffic stop turned violent

Authorities were searching Monday for a 39-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop.

As Michael got out of his patrol auto, it is believed McCarthy also got out of his vehicle with a gun and shot the officer, said Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Highway Patrol.

The suspect, 39-year-old Ian McCarthy, reportedly has ties to New England and is wanted in Manchester, New Hampshire, on a previous assault charge.

They also say Officer Michael was able to return fire, but they do not know if McCarthy was hit.

He says the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fired at the officer, who was able to return fire.

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

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of fallen Clinton, Missouri Police Officer Gary Michael", the Secret Service tweeted out.

Officer Michael is the first officer to die in the line of duty from his department, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

A manhunt was underway for the McCarthy.

"We searched the house we believed the person we were looking for might have been in", Lowe said. "I'm sure he has information about this incident so we are now still searching for him". He then got out of his vehicle and fired shots at the officer, killing him, Lowe said.

About 8:30 a.m., the Missouri Highway Patrol said via Twitter that McCarthy is a suspect in the fatal shooting.

"That compounds the problem, when someone is able to not have any ties to a certain area, that makes the investigation more hard", Lowe said. Police officers are always mindful that something bad could happen. "We don't know the individuals in the auto".

If you see McCarthy or have any idea where he may be, call 911. The suspect is considered still armed an risky.

"He has already made one killing and decided that's in his mindset", Lowe said.

In 2013, McCarthy pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and in 2015 he was charged for unlawful possession of a gun.

Checkpoints have since been set up around Clinton, and Henry County Deputies, Missouri State Troopers and Clinton Police have several parts of the city blocked off, FOX 4 Kansas City reported.

The incident was a shock for Michael's family and friends and condolences poured in from the local law enforcement agencies.

"He needs to be apprehended before he harms anyone else", Lowe said.



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