Officer shot, killed in Clinton Missouri

Posted August 08, 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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