Manhunt underway after rookie officer killed during traffic stop

Manhunt underway after rookie officer killed during traffic stop

As of Monday morning, police were still searching for the suspect.

Authorities say the driver began firing at Michael as he approached the vehicle.

A manhunt is underway in Clinton, Missouri after police said one of their officers was shot and killed. The driver fired at Michael, who was able to return fire, then the suspect drove away, crashed and fled on foot, Lowe said.

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Left, 39-year-old suspect Ian McCarthy. He says the 37-year-old Michael returned fire but that the suspect got back into the vehicle and drove off before crashing two blocks away.

Ian McCarthy, 39, was named a person of interest in the shooting.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told KSHB-TV that Clinton Officer Gary Michael died late Sunday after stopping a driver near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City. In July 2015, he was charged with illegal firearm possession, although the court records do not show if he received a sentence for that charge.

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As he approached McCarthy's Dodge Nitro, police say the driver got out of the vehicle and started shooting.

McCarthy now faces charges for first-degree murder and felony armed criminal action in Henry County, where the city of Clinton is located.

Michael had only been on the force for one year. According to Fox News, authorities believe he is still near the Clinton area.

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Michael had a wife and stepchildren, according to CNN affiliate WDAF. "He was doing his job, you know, he was there protecting and serving and that's what we're called to do, and he did it with heroic fashion".

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