Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

Man admits buying rifle likely used to kill officer

Man admits buying rifle likely used to kill officer

William Noble is charged with tampering with evidence after police say he got rid of the gun in a local pond.

Michael, 37, was shot during a traffic stop about 10:45 p.m. Sunday, near Highway 13 and Green Street in Clinton.

The rife meets the description of the weapon used in the murder of Officer Gary Michael.

Shooting suspect Ian McCarthy is being held at the Henry County Jail. Lowe says that during the course of an interview, investigators determined that the 35-year-old Noble had disposed of the rifle believed to have been used in the officer's killing.

McCarthy has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Gary Michael and with one count of armed criminal action, the Henry County prosecutor's office said Monday.

Investigators have said that Michael was killed when the driver of a vehicle he stopped for a traffic violation in Clinton Sunday jumped out and shot him.

The officer told him he knew the answer to his own question.

At that point, police claim Noble 'acted visibly upset and faked crying'. Noble then "stared" at the officer for about a minute, "blankly", before the officer asked again and he said that he knew where the weapon was.

The officer says: "I asked him why he was fake crying and he said he had sold the firearm to McCarthy".

The probable cause statement does not address how Noble knew McCarthy and Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Bill Lowe said Thursday the relationship was unclear.

Police say he then changed his story and admitted he bought the gun for McCarthy who had asked him to do so. He said he told his wife he needed to take out the trash and instead drove to a creek about two miles north of Clinton, where he threw it into the water. He then went with officers to the intersection of NW 300th Road and NW 131st Road. He said charges against other individuals could be announced as an investigation continues.

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