Manhunt Underway in Mo. After Police Officer Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop

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The vehicle was discovered around 6:30 a.m., but a search of the nearby area and a subsequent search of the suspect's home didn't turn up any leads. Police said they believe he may still be in Clinton.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Bill Lowe says the driver of the vehicle jumped out and fired at Michael.

Michael returned fire, but it's not clear if he hit the suspect, who fled on foot after the crash, the sergeant said.

Left, 39-year-old suspect Ian McCarthy. Although fatally wounded, Michael was able to return fire.

Fox News reports that McCarthy pleaded guilty in November 2013 to driving without a license in Missouri.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe called the incident "devastating" for the family and the close-knit police department.

The highway patrol identified and released a photo of a man they said is a person of interest in the shooting: 39-year-old Ian McCarthy of Clinton.

In addition to the disorderly conduct conviction, McCarthy had an extensive criminal background in New Hampshire.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a person of interest in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer is now considered a suspect.

"[Mr Michael] was heroic right to the end. It's a tragedy for Clinton Police Department, but it's a tragedy for this community", Lowe told the station. "He was protecting his community", he said.

Michael married his wife Cresinda in 2015, becoming a stepfather to her two sons.

Clinton is located about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.