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Authorities searched a home but came up empty-handed in the hunt for a person of interest in the fatal shooting of a western Missouri police officer.

It was his Dodge Nitro that was pulled over and later found wrecked near the shooting, said Sgt. Bill Lowe, a spokesman with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

"Our hearts are heavy this morning, and our prayers are with the Clinton Police Department and the fallen officers family", the neighbouring Clay County Sheriff's office said. Officers believe the driver is still on foot somewhere in the Clinton area.

Michael had stopped a vehicle on a registration violation about 10:45 p.m. Sunday. He says the 37-year-old Michael returned fire but that the suspect got back into the vehicle and drove off before crashing two blocks away.

As Michael exited his vehicle in downtown Clinton, the alleged shooter also got out of his auto and fired once at the officer before fleeing the scene and crashing his vehicle into an embankment about four blocks away, Lowe said. He then fled on foot. Emergency officials transported Michael, 37, to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Lowe said Monday that the auto Michael stopped is registered to McCarthy. We don't know the individuals in the vehicle, ' Lowe said. "I'm sure he has information about this incident so we are now still searching for him".

Left, 39-year-old suspect Ian McCarthy.

Radio dispatch audio offers insight into the chaos that followed the fatal shooting of Clinton, Missouri, police Officer Gary Michael.

Michael was shot during a traffic stop in Clinton. "Every traffic stop yields its own issues sometimes".

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McCarthy should contact law enforcement, call 911 or dial *55 on a cell phone. People should not contact him and consider him armed and unsafe.

'He has already made one killing and decided that's in his mindset.