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Police ID person of interest in officer's death

Police ID person of interest in officer's death

Officials are following up on leads that say the suspect who they believe shot and killed a Clinton police officer could possibly be in Chilhowee, Missouri.

On Aug. 6, 37-year-old Gary Michael of the Clinton Police Department pulled over a 2008 Dodge Nitro in the late evening for a registration violation.

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

As Michael exited his vehicle in order to talk to the suspect, who was driving a Dodge Nitro, McCarthy also got out of his auto and started shooting before running away and crashing his vehicle into an embankment, just about four blocks away from the scene, Sgt. Lowe said, Kansas City Star reported. Police say he returned fire on McCarthy, but it's not clear if he hit his target. Although fatally wounded, Michael was able to return fire.

Michael was rushed to a local hospital and subsequently succumbed to his gunshot wounds. Police do not know if any of Michael's rounds struck McCarthy. Officer Michael had been with the Clinton Police Department for less than a year.

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Officer Michael is the first officer to die in the line of duty from his department, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. A nationwide manhunt for McCarthy was launched Monday. They have looked through the 39-year-old's home and the encompassing region, Lowe said. "I'm sure he has information about this incident so we are now still searching for him".

Investigators found evidence that directly linked him to the crime, Lowe said. He said his brother took a few different paths after leaving the military, but always felt the call to serve. "Every traffic stop yields its own issues sometimes". McCarthy has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action, Missouri State Highway Patrol said citing court papers. "We have to make sure our officers are safe, while also making sure no one else is hurt". Court records also show he pleaded guilty to driving without a valid license in Missouri in November 2013.

Checkpoints have since been set up around Clinton, and Henry County Deputies, Missouri State Troopers and Clinton Police have several parts of the city blocked off, FOX 4 Kansas City reported.

Being a law enforcement officer was important for Michael, a husband and stepfather. "He needs to be apprehended before he harms anyone else".


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