Clinton, Missouri police officer shot and killed late Sunday night

Credit Missouri State Highway Patrol

A manhunt is underway after a rookie police officer was shot and killed at a traffic stop in Clinton, Missouri, police said.

Ian McCarthy has been identified as a person of interest in that shooting.

Authorities are hunting Ian McCarthy who is wanted for the killing of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, 37, on Sunday.

'We know as police officers that those traffic stops are always unsafe because we don't know the individual that is driving. Lowe says the driver got out of the auto and shot at Michael, who was able to return fire.

Once pulled over, McCarthy allegedly exited his 2008 Dodge Nitro and shot Michael, who returned fire.

Officer Michael was taken to a local hospital where he died, according to Lowe.

He is considered armed and unsafe, and the public is advised not to approach him.

The Clinton Police Department has no body camera policy, but police were working Monday morning to determine if there was dashcam video from Michael's auto or surveillance video from nearby businesses, Lowe said. He approached McCarthy on Sunday night at 10.45pm at an intersection on Missouri 13 in Clinton, Missouri, for a registration violation. The driver purchased cigar wrappers and spoke to the witness. According to Fox News, authorities believe he is still near the Clinton area.

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

'In a small community, the police department is very tight-knit, so it's obviously devastating for the family and also for the police department.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Clinton and leaves behind a wife and stepsons. "He was doing his job, you know, he was there protecting and serving and that's what we're called to do, and he did it with heroic fashion".

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