Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Killing of Clinton Police Officer

Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Killing of Clinton Police Officer

Investigators say they have found a rifle believed to have been used in last weekend's shooting death of a Clinton police officer.

He is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death on Sunday of Officer Gary Michael. 37.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe says a passerby saw McCarthy on the side of the road Tuesday evening and alerted police.

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.

Shooting suspect Ian McCarthy is being held at the Henry County Jail.

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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.

The Court has issued a warrant with a bond of $25,000 cash only. When asked why he was behaving that way, he told police he had sold the gun to McCarthy.

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. He said he panicked, told his wife he was taking the trash out, and drove north out of town with the gun. He allegedly told police he couldn't tell them exactly where the gun was, but could led them to it. 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.

Investigators have said it's possible that other people helped McCarthy by giving him a ride or clothes.

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