Missouri State Highway Patrol'sSgt. Bill Lowe said McCarthy allegedly exited the Nitro and shot at Officer Michael just as Michael was exiting his police auto to approach the stopped vehicle. Although fatally wounded, Michael was able to return fire. The suspect then fled the scene in their vehicle.
During the traffic stop, police said the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire.
Police have advised Clinton residents to call 911 or their local law enforcement if they encounter McCarthy but have urged them not to engage with him.
Authorities initially named Ian McCarthy of Clinton, the person to whom the auto was registered, as a person of interest, then later labeled him a suspect. "It's a tragedy for Clinton Police Department, but it's a tragedy for this community", Lowe told the station. Lowe says Michael was "heroic right to the end". Sergeant Martin said that witness subsequently confirmed that the person who entered the vehicle and drove off was Mr. McCarthy. He was protecting his community, ' he said.
About 8:30 a.m., the Missouri Highway Patrol said via Twitter that McCarthy was the suspect in the fatal shooting.
"The time signature for this footage is consistent with Officer Michael's murder".
'Every traffic stop is different.
"We want to make sure we are diligent in finding where he is", Lowe said. Police officers are always mindful that something bad could happen. The town of 8,800 is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.
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