Missouri Police Officer Gary Michael was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in the area of East Green Street and North 2nd Street at approximately 10:45 p.m.
When Officer Michael stopped the vehicle for suspected registration violation, the driver exited the vehicle and opened fire. Despite being mortally wounded, Officer Michael was able to return fire. It is not known if the subject was shot. The man fled the scene in the vehicle then crashed two blocks away. The subject then fled on foot and remains at large.
Officer Michael was a 37-year-old army veteran, and was said to be “living his dream as a police officer.” He had served with the Clinton Police Department for less than one year.
In memory of Officer Michael, Thin Blue Line USA has started a fundraiser in which 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. For more information, follow the link in the Thin Blue Line Facebook post below: