However, authorities aren't giving up hope of catching Officer Michael's alleged killer. The driver fired at Michael, who was able to return fire, then the suspect drove away, crashed and fled on foot, Lowe said.
Authorities initially named Ian McCarthy of Clinton, the person to whom the auto was registered, as a person of interest, then later labeled him a suspect. Police officers are always mindful that something bad could happen.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Clinton Police Department have checkpoints set up across Clinton. He was a Clinton resident and had been with the department for less than a year.
Police said that after shooting Michael, the suspect fled in his vehicle, then crashed a few blocks away.
As he approached McCarthy's Dodge Nitro, police say the driver got out of the vehicle and started shooting.
"(Michael) was heroic right to the end", Lowe added. He is wanted for questioning in the death late Sunday of 37-year-old Clinton police officer Gary Michael.
"Every traffic stop is different", he said.
The vehicle stopped was registered to McCarthy, Lowe said.
On Monday morning, police searched a home in Clinton, a small town around 75 miles east of Kansas City, where they thought he would be but was not.
"He has already made one killing and decided that's in his mindset", Lowe told The Kansas City Star.
Tactical teams have cordoned off the area around the crash and are searching for the suspect Monday.