Vigil held for western Missouri police officer gunned down during traffic stop

New Charges Filed in Fatal Shooting of Police Officer. Charged is William Grant Noble of Clinton

A man who is charged with supplying the weapon used to kill a western Missouri police officer admitted that he bought the rifle for the suspect and threw it in a creek after the shooting, according to a probable cause statement filed in the case.

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

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.

Ian McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Michael's death.

As they walked to the safe, they say Noble began 'acting very suspicious'.

Manchester Police confirmed earlier this week that a warrant was issued here for McCarthy in 2013 for assault.

The affidavit did not say why officers wanted to talk to him, but they told him they wanted to see guns he owned. 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. When asked why he was behaving that way, he told police he had sold the gun to McCarthy.

The affidavit does not say what type of weapon it is or when he bought it. Police say they told Noble that he already knew the answer to that question. As police were leaving, they say they asked Noble if he knew where the weapon was now located.

Noble then allegedly told police he came home around 2 a.m. Monday, just a few hours after the fatal shooting of Michael. Noble said he panicked, took the gun and drove north out of town. He did not appear to have a job since arriving in Clinton about four years ago to visit a friend he met while playing video games on line. When Michael exited his vehicle to initiate contact with the driver, he was shot, Lowe said, adding that the officer fired back but it's unknown at this time whether the driver was struck. McCarthy appeared via video during his arraignment Friday in Henry County.

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