On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at approximately 6:15 pm, a citizen driving on Route U, in Henry County, notified the Henry County Sheriff’s Office of a pedestrian walking on the highway.

According to a press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Captain Scott A. Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, announces the arrest of Ian McCarthy of Clinton, Missouri. McCarthy was wanted in the killing of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael following a traffic stop in Clinton, Missouri.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at approximately 6:15 pm, a citizen driving on Route U, in Henry County, notified the Henry County Sheriff’s Office of a pedestrian walking on the highway.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office notified Troop A Headquarters communications personnel of the pedestrian and Patrol communications personnel immediately dispatched a trooper to the location given by the citizen.

The trooper made contact with the pedestrian on Route U approximately one mile south of Bucksaw Marina. Through this encounter, the trooper discovered the pedestrian to be Ian McCarthy.

McCarthy was arrested without incident and transported to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton due to a gunshot wound. After an evaluation by medical personnel, he was transported to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment.

McCarthy was treated at the hospital and released into the Patrol’s custody. McCarthy was transported by troopers to the Henry County Jail where he is being held without bond.

The Henry County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged McCarthy with Murder ─ First Degree and Armed Criminal Action. 

At approximately 9:35 p.m. on August 8, 2017, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A reported on Twitter that suspect Ian McCarthy, wanted in the shooting death of a police officer, is in custody.

“The citizens of Clinton and Henry County have been extremely helpful in locating the suspect,” the department said in a follow up tweet.

A news briefing has been scheduled for 9:50 p.m. at the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

About 100 local, county and state law enforcement officers have been looking for Ian McCarthy since late Sunday, when he is believed to have shot Clinton police officer Gary Michael who had stopped his car, apparently for a registration violation.

A man who is charged with gunning down a western Missouri police officer has so far eluded a swarm of law enforcement officers, who are scouring fields, woods, abandoned buildings, homes and even empty school buses.

About 100 local, county and state law enforcement officers have been looking for Ian McCarthy since late Sunday, when he is believed to have shot Clinton police officer Gary Michael who had stopped his car, apparently for a registration violation.

Investigators believe McCarthy, 39, jumped from his vehicle and shot the 37-year-old Michael, before driving a short distance, crashing his vehicle and fleeing on foot.

The different types of terrain require a variety of search methods and put extra pressure on officers, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe.

“And when you are dealing with someone who is armed and dangerous, it makes it more complex,” Lowe said. “We have to make sure our officers are safe, while also making sure no one else is hurt.”

Authorities focused Tuesday afternoon on a home in Chilhowee, Missouri, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Clinton.

Lowe told reporters there that the search of the home was no different than other searches conducted during the day, The Kansas City Star reported.

“We’ve searched a school, we’ve searched buses, we’ve searched wooded areas, we’ve searched another home in Clinton,” Lowe said. “This is no different. We’re doing everything we can to find him.”

About 30 law enforcement agencies in counties surrounding Clinton are augmenting officers from Clinton, Henry County and the patrol. Federal agencies have made informal offers to help but have not officially joined the search, Lowe said.

Lowe said investigators are hunting for evidence that McCarthy has fled Henry County but are “fairly certain” he’s still in the area. The search all the more difficult because few people in the Clinton area know McCarthy and he has no immediate family there, Lowe said. The Clinton police department also had little involvement with McCarthy and there is no evidence that he knew Michael.

“That compounds the problem, when someone is able to not have any ties to a certain area, that makes the investigation more difficult,” Lowe said.

McCarthy is also wanted in New Hampshire, where a warrant was issued in 2013 when he failed to show up for sentencing on a disorderly conduct charge, according to court records in that state. He served about four years in prison there for first-degree assault and a parole violation. He also is wanted on a warrant out of Johnson County, Missouri, in 2015 for unlawful possession of a firearm.

It’s possible that those warrants prompted McCarthy to shoot Michael to avoid arrest, Lowe said. He also could have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or not in his right mind for some reason, but “it’s hard to say unless we have him here to ask,” Lowe said.

Michael, who had been on the force less than a year, was the first police officer killed in the line of duty in Clinton, a town of about 9,000 people about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City. He was a military police officer overseas for about five years before returning to the Kansas City area. He decided in his 30s to become a police officer and served in Appleton City for a short time before joining the force in Clinton.

Survivors include his wife, three children and a grandchild. His brother, Chris Michael, told area media that Gary had always wanted to serve.

“My brother was a light to the world,” Chris Michael said. “One man’s bad decision took that light from the world. He was a husband, he was a father, he was a brother and he did all of them pretty darn good.”