Manhunt underway after rookie officer killed during traffic stop

Posted August 08, 2017

The vehicle was discovered around 6:30 a.m., but a search of the nearby area and a subsequent search of the suspect's home didn't turn up any leads.

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

A manhunt was under way for a motorist charged with killing a small-town Missouri police officer during a routine traffic stop over the weekend, police said Monday.

"We're not sure if any of those rounds struck the suspect, but Officer Michael was fatally wounded", Lowe said.

The search continues Monday for 39-year-old Ian McCarthy of Clinton. Michael returned fire, but the suspect managed to get back into the vehicle and drive away.

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Court records indicate McCarthy pleaded guilty in November 2013 in Missouri to a misdemeanor driving without a valid license.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said the officer's death was "devastating".

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has named Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton as a "person of interest" in the incident. According to KSHB, he has an active warrant for arrest in New Hampshire, where he has been charged for illegal weapon possession, disorderly conduct, and first-degree assault.

No gun was recovered from either the scene of the shooting or the crash, which leads the police to assume that the suspect is armed, according to Lowe. He was a Clinton resident and had been with the department for less than a year.

Clinton is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City. Officers believe the driver is still on foot somewhere in the Clinton area.