Missouri police on Monday were hunting for a man who shot and killed a Clinton cop late Sunday night during a traffic stop.

(Pictured above is the suspect that police are looking for. Ian McCarthy, 39)

Police are searching for 39 year old Ian, McCarthy as a Person Of Interest in the murder of Officer Gary Michael, Fox News Reported:

The officer, 37-year-old Gary Michael, died after a man exited a Dodge Nitro at a traffic stop and started shooting around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, KHSB reported.

Michael returned fire, but the gunman got back in his car and drove off – crashing his car just a couple blocks away before fleeing on foot, Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State Highway Patrol told FOX 4 Kansas City.

“It’s a tragedy obviously for his family, it’s a tragedy for Clinton Police Department, but it’s a tragedy for this community,” Lowe said. “He was doing his job. He was there protecting and serving and that’s what we’re called to do. He did it, and he did it with heroic fashion.”

It was not known if the shooter was injured during the incident.

Police named Ian McCarthy, 39, as a “person of interest” in the shooting. Authorities located McCarthy’s vehicle around 6:30 a.m., believe he is on foot and still in the Clinton area, 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

“We searched the house we believed the person we were looking for might have been in,” Lowe said. “He was not in that house.”

It was not clear why the traffic stop was initiated. Officials said there wasn’t any dash cam footage of the incident.Read More ()