URICH, Mo.– Law enforcement located and arrested the man who is believed to be responsible for the death of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, according to MSHP.
Ian McCarthy, 39, was found by police around 7:40 Tuesday at Highway U and Highway 7 in Urich, Mo., less than 30 minutes from Clinton, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe says a passerby saw McCarthy on the side of the road and alerted police. Police then made contact with McCarthy, taking him into custody without incident. Police also located a gun shot wound on his body.
McCarthy was taken to a hospital in Kansas City Tuesday night in stable condition.
He was not found armed. (see excerpts from Lowe’s press briefing in the video at the bottom of this story)
Earlier Tuesday, a SWAT operation failed to apprehend McCarthy. Law enforcement personnel working on a tip swarmed the small community of Chilhowee, 22 miles north of Clinton.
Michael, 37, was shot during a traffic stop about 10:45 p.m. Sunday, near Highway 13 and Green Street in Clinton.
The Highway Patrol says Officer Michael had stopped a vehicle for a registration violation. Investigators believe McCarthy got out of his vehicle and shot at Officer Michael, killing him.
Lowe says Officer Michael was able to return fire and hit the subject.
McCarthy fled the scene in a vehicle but crashed two blocks from the scene of the shooting. The suspect ran from the vehicle on foot.
Michael was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. Michael leaves behind a wife and stepsons.
McCarthy was charged Monday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action for the death of Officer Michael.
Sgt. Lowe said it’s not known yet if McCarthy was aided by any other persons in sustaining himself for the two days following the shooting.
“That’s part of the process that we’re going to go through, is to figure out how he got to where he was. Did he have any help? That’s an investigation that’s going to continue.”
McCarthy has a lengthy criminal past. He has a felony warrant out for unlawful possession of a firearm in July of 2015 in Johnson County, Kansas. He also has an active first degree assault warrant in New Hampshire.
McCarthy has been associated with 20 criminal violations there between 1997 and 2011. A 2001 felony first-degree assault charge resulted in a prison sentence after a jury convicted him of stabbing a child several times in the neck.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens released a message Tuesday to Missouri families, particularly in the law enforcement community. Here is a portion of that statement:
On Sunday, Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael pulled a car over for an expired registration. The door swung open. A man stepped out and opened fire. Now Officer Michael is dead.
He was an Army vet. He had three children and one grandchild. His brother said being a cop filled him with pride and purpose.
(KCTV, The Missourinet and KDKD contributed information for this story)