Man accused of killing Clinton police officer found wounded, without weapon

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Ian McCarthy was taken into custody without incident Tuesday night. (File).

The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed Tueday night Ian McCarthy was arrested and taken into custody after a two day manhunt.

Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Troop A said the man accused of killing a local police officer was found walking on the side of State Highway U near Bucksaw Marina, just outside of Clinton. Lowe said law enforcement received the tip from someone driving by the area Tuesday night.

"We're just extremely thankful to the citizens of Henry County and citizens of Clinton that continued to give us tips and information. Without that, we may still be looking for him," said Lowe.

McCarthy, who has been charged in the death of Officer Gary Michael, sustained a gunshot wound, according to officials. Investigators suggested the wound was likely from Sunday night's gunfire exchange between McCarthy and Michael. Lowe said McCarthy was transported to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment and was in stable condition as of late Tuesday night.

Investigators said McCarthy was not armed when troopers took him into custody. Officials said the investigation would be ongoing as law enforcement looks for the suspected weapon and pieces together what happened in the moments before and after the shooting. "We know this isn't the end of the process," said Lowe. "This is just the beginning."

"It's a relief for us that he's in custody but it's with extreme sadness it was a result of Officer Michael losing his life," said Lowe. "There's no words we can say or express to his family, how sorry we are, but we hope this gives them some closure in this."

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