Missouri officer killed during traffic stop, man sought

Yahoo News

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a 39-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Monday.

Clinton police officer Gary Michael, 37, who had been on the force less than a year, died late Sunday near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City, Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said. The traffic stop involved a registration violation, Lowe said.  

The vehicle stopped was registered to Ian McCarthy of Clinton. Lowe said Monday that McCarthy is suspected in the killing. The driver fired at Michael, who was able to return fire, then he drove away but crashed and fled on foot, Lowe said. It was not clear if the driver was shot or injured in the crash.

Officers searched a house Monday morning where McCarthy was thought to be, but he was not there. Lowe said authorities believe he is still on foot somewhere in the Clinton area.

Court records indicate McCarthy pleaded guilty in November 2013 in Missouri to a misdemeanor driving without a valid license. In July 2015, he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. Court records don’t indicate the outcome of that case.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Clinton and leaves behind a wife and stepsons.

“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,” Lowe said. “(Michael) was heroic right to the end. He was protecting his community.”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/eastern-missouri-officer-shot-killed-during-traffic-stop-111448127.html

7 thoughts on “Missouri officer killed during traffic stop, man sought

  1. “. He was protecting his community.”
    JUST HOW WAS HE DOING THAT? PULLING PEOPLE OVER AND FU@#KIN WITH EM?????????????????????

  2. ‘The traffic stop involved a registration violation, Lowe said. ‘ …………Yup those registration violations are a threat to the safety of the community.

  3. Sure sounds like there’s a lot more to the story than we see in this article. An that’s where I got my dog food today.

  4. Bet if he applied right now
    I mean , right now to the local pig school
    He would get fast tracked
    Maybe even have a gig for him

    Internal affairs, or maybe Minnesota

  5. “Authorities are searching for a 39-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop,…”

    OUTSTANDING! BEST STORY OF THE DAY!!!

    From the title alone, I thought someone had hit him with a car, but this is even better.

    Better yet, the stop was for an illegal mammon extraction scheme… so it was obviously an aborted robbery attempt by the DEAD pig.

    KUDOS, McCARTHY!!!

  6. Cops from everywhere around Clinton …. sure hope they find that guys carcus before long. Think I’ll sit tight till that happens

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