Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Search continues for cop killer in Henry County

Ian McCarthy
Authorities spent Monday combing Clinton, Missouri after police said one of their officers was shot and killed.

According to police, an officer pulled over a suspicious vehicle near Green and 2nd at 10:45 p.m. Sunday.

During the traffic stop, police said the suspect pulled out a gun and opened fire. The officer was able to return fire, but police weren’t sure if the suspect was struck.

Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the suspect as 39-year-old Ian McCarthy of Clinton

Police found McCarthy’s vehicle nearby at Green and Water Street, but are still searching for him. Police said they believe he may still be in Clinton. Police also said McCarthy is armed and dangerous.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton Police Department set up checkpoints across Clinton.

Authorities have identified the officer as 37-year-old Gary Michael. He was a Clinton resident and had been with the department for less than a year.

McCarthy has been officially charged with felony murder in the first degree and armed criminal action.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are now involved in the search for the suspect.
Mr. McCarthy has an active first degree assault warrant in New Hampshire along with a lengthy criminal history including charges for shoplifting, assault, robbery, and negligent driving.

In 2001 court documents say he stabbed a man several times causing severe injuries to his neck, chest and abdomen.

Officers searched a house where McCarthy was thought to live Monday afternoon. He was not there. Police believe he is likely still on foot somewhere in the Clinton area.

If you know his whereabouts or see this suspect please call 911 immediately.