Services begin for murdered Missouri officer


McCarthy was arrested without incident and transported to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton due to a gunshot wound.

Now that the manhunt for a suspected cop killer is over, police in the small town of Clinton, Missouri, are preparing to bury their fellow officer. He said that McCarthy has been cooperative. The driver, 39-year-old Ian McCarthy, hopped out and opened fired as the vehicle rolled to a stop, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The accused killer is now facing a charge of first-degree murder.

The Kansas City Star cited police dispatches from the Henry County Joint Communication Center captured and archived by, an online source of public safety audio streams.

Michael, 37, was shot to death Sunday night during a traffic stop.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Clinton and leaves behind a wife and stepsons.

Ian McCarthy, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, was arrested Tuesday. Investigators are also still determining how McCarthy ended up on the highway or where he was in the time from the shooting up to his arrest.

Clinton was killed after pulling over a auto registered to McCarthy near Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City, for a registration violation late Sunday, the highway patrol has said.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Bill Lowe said Tuesday about 100 officers were involved in the search.

Authorities had been searching for McCarthy since Sunday, when Clinton police officer Gary Michael was shot during a traffic stop. When the Henry County Sheriff's Office received the tip, they passed it on to the highway patrol. "We don't have a lot of crime, certainly nothing like this", Cheryl Craig said. Additional information about McCarthy's arrest was not immediately available.