Home » World

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.

Recommended:



Popular

Usher's Insurance Company Says It Won't Pay For STD Lawsuit
One of the clients is 21-year-old Quantisia Sharpton, who said she met Usher at a concert she attended for her 19th birthday. Later, she says a security guard came up to her and asked for her number because Usher was "interested in her".

Messi, Ronaldo, Dybala Headline UEFA Best Player Award
Where can I watch Real Madrid vs Manchester United? "I never look at it in terms of taking on my former club, not at all.". The photo came to light after the 32-year-old told the courts he wants to come back to England.

Liverpool don't need to sign another centre-back - Klopp
In what could be called a stunning turnaround, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp recently spoke of the club's transfer targets. Then you win a prize! "We can not force things and we would never get a centre-back just because someone is available".

Anderson knocks off top seed Thiem at Citi Open
Notably, the latter entered the quarter-final after saving a match point to beat world number nine Dominic Thiem on Friday. The third set tiebreaker is where things really became tense. "I have nothing to lose", said the 25-year-old Delhi lad.

BJP youth leader held for attack on Rahul
All the four arrested have been taken into police custody following several protests by Congress workers across Gujarat and in the Capital.

Farah thrills huge crowd with 10000m win
There was no denying Mo Farah . "It felt like they were in a training camp together, how they were working to together". Meanwhile, Holly Bradshaw reached the pole vault final but Nick Percy missed out in the discus.

At least eight dead in shooting spree during Sunday Mass in Nigeria
He said, "From our findings, it is very clear that the person who carried out the attack must be an indigene of the area". Oye, who described the attack as wicked, urged the security agencies to unravel those responsible for the dastardly act.

Arun Jaitley meets kin of slain RSS worker in Kerala
Even the RSS threat to force the centre to dismiss the LDF government has evoked only ridicule from various corners. Union Minister Arun Jaitley landed in Kerala Sunday morning, where he was felicitated by the state party leader.

China demands immediate withdrawal of Indian troops
Beijing says Doklam is located in Tibet and that the border dispute between China and Bhutan has nothing to do with India . Indian analysts said the road threatens India's security as it brings China closer to Chicken's Neck.

Pyongyang slams new U.S. law on sanctions as 'criminal act'
High Representative Mogherini is in Tehran to attend the inaugural ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. He pointed out that the nuclear agreement was a step towards the rebuilding of the Iranian economic system.