Man charged for throwing rifle into water used in deadly shooting

William Noble's booking

Ian McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael during a traffic stop on Sunday.

The documents say Noble asked police what type of weapon was used in the murder and police told him he knew the answer to that question.

Missouri Highway Patrol officers searching for suspect Ian McCarthy prepare to drive into a field parked with old mobile homes on the outskirts of Clinton, Mo., earlier this week.

Henry County prosecutors charge William Grant Noble, 35, of Clinton with having thrown the rifle police claim was used by McCarthy into a body of water knowing it had been used in a crime.

A $25,000 cash only bond has been requested. Noble allegedly told police he bought the gun for McCarthy because McCarthy was from out of state.

Police asked Noble if he knew where the gun now was.

But Noble then "changed his story" and said McCarthy had asked him to buy the weapon for him.

"Noble said he panicked, told his wife he needed to take out the trash, took the gun and drove north of town", according to the affidavit. No gun was recovered from either the scene of the shooting or the crash, which leads the police to assume that the driver is armed, according to Lowe. He then went with officers to the intersection of NW 300th Road and NW 131st Road.

One of the officers walked to the edge of the water and saw the stock of a gun underwater.

A visitation for Michael will be held from 6 p.m.to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton.

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