CLINTON, Mo. — Dispatch audio of the night Clinton, Missouri police officer Gary Michael was shot to death reveals some new information about the tragedy.
Michael was shot after he stopped a dark grey Dodge Nitro Sunday night, on Green Street south of Highway 13. The Highway Patrol says the driver of that Nitro fired at Michael, then fled in the SUV, wrecking the Nitro a couple of blocks away after fleeing the shooting scene.
Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton, was charged Monday with first degree murder and armed criminal action. The manhunt for him continued Tuesday.
In the 6 1/2 minute audio file attached to this story, responding officers can be heard saying the gun used to shoot Officer Michael was a long gun and that a rifle casing was found.
It is also revealed that Michael was wearing a bullet proof vest, but that the rifle round penetrated it, hitting him in the chest.
At about 9:30 p.m. Monday night, law enforcement teams appeared to gather and conference at the city’s new 9-1-1 center. Several locations were staked out earlier in the day where it was thought McCarthy might be hold up, including a closed up school and a number of houses.
McCarthy was not found.
Troopers say McCarthy is considered armed and dangerous and warns that anyone who sees him should not confront him.
(editor’s note: the audio clip (via Broadcastify) has been edited to remove long gaps between broadcasts and extraneous noise such as squelch breaks)