Rifle believed linked to Missouri officer's slaying found

Police say William Noble got rid of the rifle believed to have been used in the officer's killing. That rifle was found in a creek.

CLINTON, MO. (AP) - Investigators say they have found a rifle believed to have been used in last weekend's shooting death of a western Missouri police officer.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe says the unspecified gun was found Thursday in a creek about two miles north of Clinton, where 37-year-old officer Gary Michael was shot and killed Sunday night.

Lowe says he couldn't immediately specify the style of the rifle or how investigators came to find it.

A suspect in Michael's death, 39-year-old Ian McCarthy, was arrested late Tuesday after a two-day manhunt and is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

McCarthy's public defender, Alice Wasson, told The Associated Press that a not guilty plea will be entered on McCarthy's behalf during a court appearance Friday.

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