Missouri police officer killed during traffic stop, manhunt for shooter underway

Missouri police are searching for Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton, Missouri. He's wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting death of a police officer. (Missouri State Highway Patrol)

A Missouri police officer was killed in a shootout after pulling over a car for a registration violation Sunday evening. A manhunt for the suspected shooter is underway, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Officials believe Ian McCarthy, 39, is responsible for the death of officer Gary Michael, who was in his first year on the Clinton, Missouri police force.

A spokesman said Michael pulled over a Dodge Nitro for a registration violation around 10:45 p.m. on Missouri Highway 13. That's when McCarthy reportedly got out of the car and started shooting.

Michael returned fire, but the gunman managed to get back into the Nitro and drive off -- crashing the SUV just two blocks away, according to KSHB.

The search for McCarthy continues. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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