Po­lice hunt killer of Mis­souri of­fi­cer

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

A man­hunt was un­der­way on Mon­day for a man sus­pected of shoot­ing and killing a Mis­souri po­lice of­fi­cer dur­ing a traf­fic stop on Sun­day evening.

Gary Michael, 37, a po­lice of­fi­cer in Clin­ton, Mo., died at a hos­pi­tal shortly af­ter he was shot by a driver he had pulled over about 10:45 p.m. Sun­day, the Mis­souri State High­way Pa­trol said in a state­ment on Mon­day.

The High­way Pa­trol iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Ian McCarthy, 39. McCarthy was charged on Mon­day with one count of first-de­gree mur­der and one count of armed crim­i­nal ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers.

The High­way Pa­trol state­ment said Michael had been able to re­turn fire but it was not clear whether McCarthy had been struck or wounded dur­ing the ex­change.

It said the sus­pect lives in Clin­ton and should be con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous. Eric Gre­it­ens, the gov­er­nor of Mis­souri, shared a pic­ture of McCarthy on Face­book and urged res­i­dents to be on the look­out.

Be­fore shots were fired, Michael ra­dioed in a de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect’s car, a 2008 Dodge Nitro sport util­ity ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble cause state­ment filed with the court by Sgt. Greg Martin, an in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the High­way Pa­trol’s Di­vi­sion of Drug and Crime Con­trol.

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