Suspect in fatal Clinton officer shooting charged with murder

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has identified Ian McCarthy as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Clinton Police Officer. (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton, as a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a Clinton police officer during a traffic stop.

McCarthy was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action Monday morning after Officer Gary Michael of the Clinton Police Department died late Sunday from his injuries in the shooting.

Michael had initiated a traffic stop of a 2008 Dodge Nitro at 10:45 p.m. after a traffic violation, according to a MSHP release. The driver of the Nitro, later identified as McCarthy, stepped out of the vehicle and started shooting. A probable cause statement detailed that shots were fired on the radio traffic and that Michael was down. The 37-year-old Michael had returned fire but that McCarthy returned back into the car and drove off before crashing two blocks away.

Surveillance video from the Everyday Convenience store had shown the driver of a Dodge Nitro enter the store, buy cigar wrappers, had a brief conversation with an individual and then leave. The witness identified the driver as McCarthy, according to the probable cause statement.

Additional surveillance video from the Clinton Convenience Store, which sits at the intersection of Second Street and Green Street, showed the same vehicle leaving the Everyday store and driving north. The car drove north of Second Street and then west on Green Street. At that moment, video showed a Clinton Police Department vehicle drive up on the Dodge Nitro and turn on its lights behind the SUV. The two cars then left the view of the surveillance camera.

The probable cause document stated the time on the surveillance video was consistent with the time of the reported shooting.

The Clinton PD officer was taken to Golden Valley Hospital where he died a short time later.

MSHP stated McCarthy was considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McCarthy should contact law enforcement or call 911 or dial *55 on a cellular phone.

Tactical teams cordoned off the area around the crash and were searching for the suspect Monday.

Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, the Clinton Police Department, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate. Officers from all three departments are currently searching for McCarthy.

Editor's Note: The headline and story has been updated to reflect the latest information.

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