A man who was stopped for a routine traffic violation in Missouri and then opened fire on a police officer, killing him, is the subject of an intense nationwide manhunt, according to The Washington Post. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
The incident occurred late Sunday night in Clinton, a western Missouri town about 75 miles from Kansas City, Missouri. Policeman Gary Michael, 37, pulled over Ian McCarthy, 39, on what appeared to be a routine stop over a registration violation.
According to Sergeant Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, McCarthy got out of his car after being stopped at about 10:45 p.m. He fired shots at Michael, striking him several times. Michael returned fire as McCarthy fled in his car. A few blocks later, McCarthy crashed his car, then fled on foot.
Michael was taken to the hospital where he later died from his wounds. It is unclear whether McCarthy had been hit. According to NBC News, McCarthy was charged earlier with possession of a dangerous weapon, and had a warrant out for his arrest in New Hampshire.
“It’s an unprovoked attack on Officer Michael,” said Lowe. “We’re trying to hopefully draw this to a conclusion so we can figure out why it happened.”
Michael’s body camera was not turned on, so no footage exists of the incident; authorities are still trying to determine if dash-cam video exists. They’re also trying to determine of neighborhood surveillance video may provide clues.
“We’re still searching the area and making sure that we’re leaving no stone unturned,” said Lowe.
In a Monday morning tweet, the sheriff’s office in Clay County, Missouri, expressed their condolences for their slain officer: “Our hearts are heavy this morning, and our prayers are with the Clinton Police Department and the fallen officer’s family.”
Please pray for the family of Officer Gary Michael in this tragic time of loss. Read further about another nationwide manhunt for an accused rapist.