Manhunt Underway After Officer Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop

Aaron Brown
August 8, 2017

Michael had stopped a vehicle on a registration violation about 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

A manhunt was underway in Missouri Monday for a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a police officer.

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

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

Radio dispatch audio offers insight into the chaos that followed the fatal shooting of Clinton, Missouri, police Officer Gary Michael. The driver jumped out of the vehicle and shot Michael before fleeing.

"In a small community, the police department is very tight-knit, so it's obviously devastating for the family and also for the police department", Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told the Associated Press. He was a Clinton resident and had been with the department for less than a year.

They are advising the public to avoid contact with McCarthy as he is considered armed and unsafe. The suspect then fled the scene in their vehicle.

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"(Michael) was heroic right to the end", Lowe added.

"The time signature for this footage is consistent with Officer Michael's murder".

The 37-year-old officer died from his injuries. Every traffic stop yields its own issues sometimes.

Lowe says it's not clear if the suspect was shot.

The Clinton Police Department has no body camera policy, but police were working Monday morning to determine if there was dashcam video from Michael's auto or surveillance video from nearby businesses, Lowe said.

Tactical teams have cordoned off the area around the crash and are searching for the suspect Monday.

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