Manhunt underway after Missouri police officer shot dead during traffic stop

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

A manhunt is underway in Clinton, Missouri after a police officer was shot and killed in what appeared to be a routine traffic stop.

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

It's believed the 37-year-old was able to return fire, but authorities said they are not sure if the suspect, later identified as Ian McCarthy, was hit. Police officers are always mindful that something bad could happen. As Officer Michael exited the patrol vehicle to make contact with the driver, the driver fired a round towards the officer.

It was his Dodge Nitro that was pulled over and later found wrecked near the shooting, said Sgt. Bill Lowe, a spokesman with the Missouri Highway Patrol. "It's a tragedy for Clinton Police Department, but it's a tragedy for this community", Lowe told the station. The suspect is considered still armed an risky. The suspect drove about three blocks before crashing his auto and fleeing on foot.

'(Michael) was heroic right to the end. The slain officer had served with the Clinton Police Department for less than a year and is survived by his wife and several step sons.

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The vehicle stopped was registered to McCarthy, Lowe said.

Michael was shot during a traffic stop in Clinton.

Lowe says it's not clear if the suspect was shot.

Surveillance video from two convenience stores in Clinton was used to link Mr. McCarthy and the abandoned vehicle, Sergeant Martin said.

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

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