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Authorities arrest man charged with killing Missouri officer

Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers say 39-year-old Ian McCarthy of Clinton was taken into custody Tuesday night in Henry County. Additional information about McCarthy's arrest was not immediately available. (Photo Courtesy: Missouri State Highway Patrol)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a man charged with killing a Clinton, Missouri, police officer during a traffic stop has been arrested.

Missouri State Highway Patrol dispatchers say Ian McCarthy, 39, of Clinton was taken into custody Tuesday night in Henry County. Kansas City TV station KMBC reports McCarthy was found walking down the middle of the road on SE Highway U near 7 Highway southeast of Clinton around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

MSHP reports originally stated McCarthy had been found in Urich, Mo.

KMBC said he was taken to an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound before being transferred to Kansas City. He was last listed in stable condition.

Prosecutors on Monday charged McCarthy with first-degree murder in the death of Officer Gary Michael, who was shot during a traffic stop Sunday night.

Michael's brother, Chris, says his family was aware that the officer could be hurt but didn't believe it would happen in Clinton, a town of just 9,000 people about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Gary Michael had been on the force less than a year and was the first officer killed in the line of duty in Clinton.

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