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Trooper: Suspect threw gun used in Clinton officer shooting into creek, faked crying

William Noble (Henry County)

Documents released Friday revealed the second suspect charged in the fatal shooting of an officer had purchased the gun for the accused killer.

The probable cause statement read that William Noble, 35, had shown investigators his weapons at his residence in the 500 block of North Main Street Wednesday evening. When Noble could see his gun safe was damaged, he acted suspicously, the document stated. He asked the law enforcement members what type of gun was used in the shooting of a Clinton police officer. When a state trooper told Noble that he knew the answer to his own question, Noble "acted like he was visibly upset and faked crying."

He later admitted to investigators he had purchased the firearm and sold it to Ian McCarthy, the man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael.

He told investigators he had come to back to his Clinton residence at 2 a.m. Monday and saw the rifle leaning against his doorway. Noble panicked, told his wife he needed to take out the trash, drove off and threw the gun into a creek at the intersection of NW 300th Road and NW 131st Road. He showed investigators where he threw the gun.

An officer walked to the edge of the water and saw the stock of the gun under the water. Troopers said the rifle met the description of the gun used in the fatal shooting.

Noble was placed behind bars on a $25,000 bond.

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