Chief Kevin Miller of the Clinton Police Department in Missouri, sadly reports the death of Officer Gary Michael.

Officer Michael, 37, was shot and killed during a traffic stop. Michael and his field training officer (FTO) had stopped a vehicle for a registration violation. As soon as the vehicles came to a stop, the driver of the vehicle abruptly exited his vehicle and commenced firing at the officers.

Michael and his partner returned fire at the suspect as he (Michael) fell to the street. The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle and crashed a short distance away. The suspect continued to flee on foot after the crash and remains at large as of this writing.

“It’s a tragedy obviously for his family, it’s a tragedy for Clinton Police Department, but it’s a tragedy for this community,” Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. “He was doing his job. He was there protecting and serving and that’s what we’re called to do. He did it, and he did it with heroic fashion.”

Although the officers returned fire, it was unknown if the suspect-shooter was injured during the incident.

Consequently, investigators named Ian McCarthy, 39, as a suspect in the shooting. Authorities located McCarthy’s vehicle around 6:30 a.m. Moreover, they believe he is on foot and still in the Clinton area, 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

“We searched the house we believed the person we were looking for might have been in,” Lowe said. “He was not in that house.”

The Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control along with the Clinton Police and the Henry County Sheriff Department are conducting the investigation.

Gary Michael served the Clinton Police Department for less than one year. He is survived by his wife and step sons.

Officer Gary Michael is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, August 6, 2017.

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