Clinton, Mo (August 9, 2017): Ian James McCarthy who was a suspect in the killing of a Clinton, Mo., police officer has finally been arrested. He was untraced for the last three days since the incident happened in the broad day light.
The suspect who was said to be armed and dangerous, was finally arrested merely seventeen kilometers from the scene of the crime. The 39-year old suspect was taken into custody Tuesday evening while walking on a highway a mile south of Bucksaw Resort and Marina in Henry County.
The Clinton, Mo. Police officer, 37-year old Gary Michael who had been with the Clinton, Missouri, Police Department for less than a year, had asked the suspect to stop for apparent registration violation Sunday night. As police officer came out of his vehicle to tackle the suspect, he came out and fired at the officer from point blank range, knocking him down on the spot.
Henry County, Missouri Prosecutor’s Office said that the suspect has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed criminal action, both felonies.
Officials said that the suspect was first taken to a Kansas City area hospital. From there he was brought back to Clinton early Wednesday and booked into the Henry County jail shortly after midnight.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe while expressing his delight at the arrest said, “There is a tremendous amount of relief”.
An intense search was underway immediately after the death of the officer Sunday. But despite all their efforts, officials couldn’t spot him till Tuesday evening. To be true it was a driver and not police officers who spotted McCarthy on an area highway and reported the sighting to police. McCarthy was apprehended on Missouri Route U shortly thereafter without incident.
Initially there was a tipoff that the suspect was holed up in a home in Chilhowee, some 25 miles away from Clinton. But apparently he was not found there.