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Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Man 'faked crying' when asked about gun in Clinton police officer killing

Man 'faked crying' when asked about gun in Clinton police officer killing

Bill Lowe says William Noble of Clinton was taken into custody Thursday and charged with felony tampering with evidence.

Officer Michael made a traffic stop on a vehicle for a registration violation.

Ian McCarthy, the man with a long criminal history in New Hampshire who is accused of shooting to death a Clinton, Mo., police officer, will plead innocent to the charges today, according to his public defender.

Lowe said that the relationship between McCarthy and Noble was unclear.

A $25,000 cash only bond has been requested.

At that point, police claim Noble 'acted visibly upset and faked crying'. 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.

Noble initially told two officers who visited his home on Thursday that he bought the rifle and sold it to McCarthy. However, he then changed the story and admitted he bought the gun for McCarthy because he was asked to.

When Noble asked what kind of weapon was used to kill the officer, an investigator with the highway patrol told him, "He knew the answer to this question", according to the affidavit. As police were leaving, they say they asked Noble if he knew where the weapon was now located.

He then told them that he had been out Sunday night, but when he came home about 2 a.m. Monday he found the rifle inside the doorway.

Officer Michael's Funeral is Saturday. Noble said he panicked, took the gun and drove north out of town. He then went with officers to the intersection of NW 300th Road and NW 131st Road. He didn't seem to have worked since arriving in Clinton about four years ago. Investigators on Wednesday still were trying to retrace McCarthy's whereabouts during his two days on the run and determine if he had any help eluding authorities, Lowe said. McCarthy appeared via video during his arraignment Friday in Henry County. The bullets that hit Michael ultimately killed him.

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