Murder charge filed in Missouri officer's death

Officer Gary Michael 37 died from a gunshot wound after a traffic stop turned violent

According to KSHB and KMBC, Clinton police Officer Gary Michael, 37, stopped a "suspicious vehicle" for a possible registration violation at about 10:45 p.m. local time Sunday.

Michael returned fire, and the suspect drove off before crashing blocks away. The suspect drove about three blocks before crashing his vehicle and fleeing on foot.

A police officer has been shot and killed following a traffic stop in Clinton.

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 vehicle or surveillance video from nearby businesses, Lowe said. Authorities did not know whether he was wounded.

Authorities said Ian McCarthy, 39, faces first-degree murder and armed criminal action charges for the shooting death of Clinton Police Department officer Gary Michael.

"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.

Michael was rushed to a hospital where he died from his injuries. He is considered armed and unsafe, and the public is advised not to approach him.




Originally, Lowe said they were trying to find McCarthy because his auto was involved in the traffic stop.

As the hunt for him intensified on Monday, he was named as a suspect. "(Michael) was heroic right to the end.

Officer Michael leaves behind a wife and step sons.

Michael was shot during a traffic stop in Clinton.

'We know as police officers that those traffic stops are always unsafe because we don't know the individual that is driving. "You want to make sure you keep your distance but contact us".

'He has already made one killing and decided that's in his mindset. The town of 8,800 is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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