Manhunt Underway After Officer Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop

A manhunt is underway Monday morning for the suspect who shot and killed a Clinton, Mo. officer. Emergency officials transported Michael, 37, to a hospital where he was declared dead.

'We know as police officers that those traffic stops are always risky because we don't know the individual that is driving.

The Clinton Police Department has no body camera policy, but police were working Monday morning to determine if there was dashcam video from Michael's vehicle or surveillance video from nearby businesses, Lowe said.

As Michael exited his patrol vehicle, McCarthy also got out of the Dodge Nitro and allegedly fired a shot at Michael, striking him, Lowe said.

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The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Clinton Police Department have checkpoints set up across Clinton.

The slain officer had been with the department less than a year.

The Missouri Highway Patrol were looking for Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton as a person-of-interest in the fatal shooting.

As Michael exited his vehicle in downtown Clinton, the alleged shooter also got out of his auto and fired once at the officer before fleeing the scene and crashing his vehicle into an embankment about four blocks away, Lowe said.

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Lowe said Monday that the auto Michael stopped is registered to McCarthy. Lowe says Michael was "heroic right to the end".

"The time signature for this footage is consistent with Officer Michael's murder". Every traffic stop yields its own issues sometimes. Authorities believe he is on foot and still in the Clinton area, 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

"We want to make sure we are diligent in finding where he is", Lowe said.

On Monday, authorities said his death lamented that even the most unassuming of scenarios, such as a traffic stop, puts police officers in danger.

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"He has already made one killing and decided that's in his mindset", Lowe told The Kansas City Star. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.

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