Man Arraigned For Shooting Clinton Cop

Rifle believed to be used in shooting death of Clinton police officer found

Ian McCarthy appeared before a judge from jail via video conference less than three blocks from where Officer Gary Michael was killed nearly a week ago.

McCarthy's next court appearance is scheduled for October 20.

McCarthy is charged with first-degree murder in Sunday's death of Clinton police Officer Gary Michael. The suspect ran from the vehicle on foot. Michael was able to return fire. He was taken to a Kansas City-area hospital for treatment.

All flags at state government buildings are to be flown at half-staff Saturday, the day of Michael's funeral.

Noble is accused of throwing the rifle used in the murder of Officer Michael into a body of water North of Clinton.

He is accused of giving McCarthy the gun then hiding it while McCarthy was on the run for nearly 48 hours. He did not have the rifle with him at the time. Noble said he bought the gun for McCarthy because he was from out-of-state.

McCarthy served time in prison in New Hampshire for first-degree assault and a parole violation. As a convicted felon, McCarthy can not legally own a firearm.

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

Lowe says he couldn't immediately specify the style of the rifle.

McCarthy didn't appear to have many friends in Clinton, according to his neighbors and landlord. He didn't seem to have worked since arriving in Clinton about four years ago. Hannah called McCarthy an "odd duck". "He was such a hermit nobody really knew anything about him". They listened intently as the judge read the charges against McCarthy. Hannah said McCarthy skipped some job interviews and apparently had never been employed.

Next-door neighbors said they mostly saw McCarthy when he let out his dogs - Minion and Nibbler - whom he doted on.

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