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Rifle believed to be used by Ian McCarthy recovered

Rifle believed to be used by Ian McCarthy recovered

McCarthy, 39, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Officer Michael. He agreed to show them the firearms he had at his house in the 500 block of N. Main Street in Clinton.

Noble allegedly pointed to the water and told police that's where he threw it. Police say they could see the stock of the weapon under the water.

Police say he then changed his story and admitted he bought the gun for McCarthy who had asked him to do so. Police say Noble acted like he was visibly upset and faked crying. When asked why he was behaving that way, he told police he had sold the gun to McCarthy.

Noble then allegedly told police he came home around 2 a.m. Monday, just a few hours after the fatal shooting of Michael. He was unarmed when taken into custody about 20 miles away from the murder scene, police said.

Lowe earlier said that a gun had been found in a creek about two miles north of Clinton.

The officers then asked Noble if he knew where the gun was.

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His bond has been set at $25,000 cash only.

Noble is charged with a class E felony, which carries a penalty of up to four years in prison.

Suspect Ian McCarthy was arrested Tuesday after he was spotted walking down Route U with a gunshot wound. 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.

As part of the investigation into Michael's killing, officers went to talk to Noble at his home in Clinton on Thursday morning, according to the affidavit filed to support the charge against Noble.

As Michael exited his vehicle in downtown Clinton, the alleged shooter also got out of his auto and fired once at the officer before fleeing the scene and crashing his vehicle into an embankment about four blocks away, Lowe said. As Officer Michael exited the patrol vehicle to make contact with McCarthy, he's accused of firing a round towards the officer, fatally striking him.