Manhunt continues following shooting of Missouri officer

Officer Gary Michael (Photo courtesy NBC News)

CLINTON, Mo. (KSHB) – The manhunt for the suspect who shot and killed a Clinton, Missouri police officer during a Sunday traffic stop continues.

This undated photo released by the Missouri State Highway Patrol shows Ian McCarthy, of Clinton, Mo., who has been identified as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Clinton police officer Gary Michael during a traffic stop late Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. (Missouri State Highway Patrol via AP)

Authorities suspect 39-year-old Clinton resident Ian McCarthy was the shooter. They say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

McCarthy is accused of killing Officer Gary Michael, 37, who died from a gunshot wound after a traffic stop turned violent around 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

Michael returned fire, but McCarthy managed to get back into his car and drive away, crashing the car just two blocks west, officials said.

“When I got to the door, I heard one pop, then four after that,” said witness Levi Pajula, who works across the street. “I saw one officer being picked up by another officer. It was not a pretty scene to describe.”

Sergeant Bill Lowe of the Missouri Highway Patrol told 41 Action News the traffic stop was in regard to a registration violation.

“You know a lot of people call traffic stops routine,” said Lowe, “but there isn’t a routine traffic stop. We’re always mindful that something bad could happen.”

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