Police name suspect in Missouri officer's death

Geneva Matthews
August 8, 2017

Officer Gary Michael, who had been serving in the police force for less than one year, pulled over suspect Ian McCarthy for a vehicle registration violation around 10:45 p.m. on August 6.

"Our hearts are heavy this morning, and our prayers are with the Clinton Police Department and the fallen officers family", the neighbouring Clay County Sheriff's office said.

On Monday, authorities said his death lamented that even the most unassuming of scenarios, such as a traffic stop, puts police officers in danger. The officer was able to return fire, but police aren't sure if the suspect was struck. McCarthy, of Clinton, is also wanted in New Hampshire, where a warrant was issued in 2013 when he failed to show up for sentencing on a disorderly conduct charge, according to court records in that state.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told KSHB-TV that Clinton Officer Gary Michael died late Sunday after stopping a driver near Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has named Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton as a "person of interest" in the incident.

Police consider McCarthy armed and unsafe.

Officials believe he may still be traveling on foot and say it is likely he is still in the Clinton area.

"[Mr Michael] was heroic right to the end".

Michael married his wife Cresinda in 2015, becoming a stepfather to her two sons.

He had been with the department for less than a year when he was shot and killed.

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