Western Missouri officer shot and killed during traffic stop; manhunt underway

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) _ The Missouri State Highway Patrol says authorities are looking for a man who shot and killed an eastern Missouri police officer during a traffic stop.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told KSHB-TV that Clinton Officer Gary Michael died late Sunday after stopping a driver near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

Lowe says the driver of a Dodge Nitro got out of the vehicle during the traffic stop and started shooting. He says the 37-year-old Michael returned fire but that the suspect got back into the car and drove off before crashing two blocks away.

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

No further details have been released.

Update:

Authorities have identified a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Missouri police officer.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe says officers are looking for 39-year-old Ian McCarthy of Clinton. He is wanted for questioning in the death late Sunday of 37-year-old Clinton police officer Gary Michael.

Michael was shot during a traffic stop in Clinton. Lowe says the driver got out of the car and shot at Michael, who was able to return fire. The suspect drove away but crashed and fled.

Lowe says it's not clear if the suspect was shot. Authorities believe he is on foot and still in the Clinton area, 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

Lowe says Michael was on the Clinton police force for less than a year.

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Information from: KSHB-TV