Rifle believed linked to Clinton police officer's slaying found - KCTV5

Rifle believed linked to Clinton police officer's slaying found

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Officials say officer Gary Michael, 37, had been with the Clinton Police Department for less than a year. (KCTV5) Officials say officer Gary Michael, 37, had been with the Clinton Police Department for less than a year. (KCTV5)
HENRY COUNTY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

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

The suspect in the case, Ian McCarthy, was arrested after an alert driver provided a tip that the fugitive was wandering within miles of where the killing took place, a law enforcement official said.

The driver reported seeing McCarthy walking along a state highway near Bucksaw Marina, just east of Clinton, and he was arrested without incident late Tuesday, Lowe said.

Michael and McCarthy had exchanged gunfire before the officer died and the driver fled. Lowe said McCarthy, 39, was suffering from a gunshot wound when a patrol trooper arrested him. Lowe said the wound "wasn't serious" and probably was from his confrontation with McCarthy.

Lowe declined to comment on whether McCarthy had offered in insight on a possible motive when he was questioned after his arrest.

McCarthy was taken to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment and then was taken into custody at the Henry County jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. 

McCarthy was not armed when he was arrested. 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.

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