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.
Officers searched a house Monday morning where McCarthy was thought to be, but he was not there. Michael was shot after he stopped a vehicle in Clinton on Sunday night.
According to KCTV, authorities are searching for the person they say shot and killed a Clinton, MO police officer Sunday night.
"We're not sure if any of those rounds struck the suspect, but Officer Michael was fatally wounded", Lowe said.More news: He will need dialysis, says doctor
The officer fired back, but the gunman managed to drive off before crashing a few blocks away.
Fox News reports that McCarthy pleaded guilty in November 2013 to driving without a license in Missouri.
Authorities identified the suspect as 39-year-old Ian McCarthy from Clinton.
The suspect in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. In July 2015, he was charged with illegal firearm possession, although the court records do not show if he received a sentence for that charge. According to Fox News, authorities believe he is still near the Clinton area. "(Michael) was heroic right to the end.More news: Oxford University worker in murder manhunt
Mr Michael was a lifelong resident of Clinton. "He was protecting his community".
Michael was known in the community and leaves behind a wife and step sons.
Clinton is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.More news: Euro jumps to January 2015 highs on European Central Bank speculation