Missouri Police Officer Shot And Killed At Traffic Stop

MSHP says they are looking for Ian McCarthy 39 of Clinton MO as a person of interest in the case

MSHP says they are looking for Ian McCarthy 39 of Clinton MO as a person of interest in the case

However, authorities aren't giving up hope of catching Officer Michael's alleged killer.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is looking for Ian McCarthy, 39, who they say is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the stop.

Police said the suspect is still at large and is "armed and risky", KMBC reported.

Michael had only been on the force for one year.

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Authorities were searching Monday for a 39-year-old man charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer during a traffic stop.

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They also say Officer Michael was able to return fire, but they do not know if the suspect was hit. It was not clear if the driver was shot or injured in the crash.

Police said that after shooting Michael, the suspect fled in his auto, then crashed a few blocks away. Authorities believe he is on foot and still in the Clinton area, 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

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Sergeant Bill Lowe of the Missouri Highway Patrol told 41 Action News the traffic stop was in regard to a registration violation.

Authorities say the driver began firing at Michael as he approached the vehicle.

Lowe says the driver of a Dodge Nitro got out of the vehicle during the traffic stop and started shooting.

Officers searched a house Monday morning where McCarthy was thought to be, but he was not there. Michael returned fire, but the suspect managed to get back into the vehicle and drive away.

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