Clinton, Mo., police officer shot, killed during traffic stop; manhunt underway

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Missouri police on Monday were hunting for a man who shot and killed a Clinton cop late Sunday night during a traffic stop.

Missouri State Highway Patrol's Sgt. Bill Lowe said McCarthy allegedly exited the Nitro and shot at Officer Michael just as Michael was exiting his police auto to approach the stopped vehicle.

Michael, who had worked for the Clinton Police Department less than a year, died in the shootout, KSHB reported. The officer was able to return fire, but police aren't sure if the suspect was struck.

Authorities suspect 39-year-old Clinton resident Ian McCarthy was the shooter.

'We know as police officers that those traffic stops are always risky because we don't know the individual that is driving. The driver jumped out of the vehicle and shot Michael before fleeing.

The shooting unfolded in downtown Clinton, near several government buildings, including the Henry County courthouse, library and sheriff's office.

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.

The slain officer had been with the department less than a year. Lowe says Michael was "heroic right to the end". Police also said McCarthy is armed and risky.

Officer Michael leaves behind a wife and step sons. Every traffic stop yields its own issues sometimes. It was not clear if the driver was shot or injured in the crash.

On Monday morning, police searched a home in Clinton, a small town around 75 miles east of Kansas City, where they thought he would be but was not.

No further details have been released.

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