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The Latest: Procession accompanies slain officer's body home

Posted August 9

— The Latest on the investigation into shooting death of a western Missouri police officer (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

The body of a slain western Missouri police officer has been returned to his home, accompanied by law enforcement officers in a long procession.

Officer Gary Michael was fatally shot Sunday during a traffic stop in Clinton, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City. His body had been in Kansas City while an autopsy was performed.

On Wednesday, a long line of law enforcement vehicles from across Missouri escorted his body home with emergency lights flashing. Vehicles stopped as the procession passed and onlookers paused to watch.

Hundreds of residents waited with police officers to greet Michael's body when it arrived in Clinton. Michael was the first officer killed in the line of duty in the city of about 9,000 residents.

At the funeral home, his fellow officers saluted as his body was carried into the building.

The suspect in the killing, 39-year-old Ian McCarthy of Clinton, was captured Tuesday night. He's charged with first-degree murder.

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8 a.m.

Services for a slain Missouri police officer will begin with a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening.

The Clinton Missouri Police Department says the vigil for Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Henry County Court House.

A visitation is scheduled for Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton.

Michael's funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Benson Convention Center, with a public viewing two hours before the service.

The 37-year-old Michael was shot to death Sunday during a traffic stop in Clinton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City. A suspect, 39-year-old Ian McCarthy, was arrested Tuesday evening.

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7:40 a.m.

The family of a slain western Missouri police officer is expressing relief that a suspect in the shooting has been captured.

Ian McCarthy, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael, was arrested Tuesday. His arrest ended a manhunt that began after the shooting on Sunday.

Michael's brother, Chris Michael, told KCTV that the family had been hoping the suspect would be caught alive so justice can be served.

He says McCarthy's arrest brought a moment of joy and pride for him, his brother's wife and the family, calling it "a Band-Aid in the long process of healing."

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6:15 a.m.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an alert driver called in the tip that led to the arrest of a man charged in the killing of a Missouri police officer.

Spokesman Sgt. Bill Lowe says 39-year-old Ian McCarthy was captured Tuesday night without incident as he walked along a state highway near Bucksaw Marina, just outside Clinton. Lowe says a motorist reported seeing the fugitive.

Authorities had been searching for McCarthy since Sunday, when Clinton police officer Gary Michael was shot during a traffic stop. Clinton is 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

McCarthy was initially taken to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. He's being held at the Henry County jail.

Lowe says McCarthy was not armed at his arrest. An investigation into the shooting continues.

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12:10 a.m.

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 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.

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 (120 kilometers) 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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