Suspects Plead Not Guilty in Killing of Clinton Police Officer

Henry County Jail									SOURCE Henry County Jail

Henry County Jail SOURCE Henry County Jail

Investigators believe they have recovered the murder weapon used to kill a Clinton Police officer.

Michael, 37, was shot to death late Sunday night after stopping a motorist for driving without headlights.

Noble told police he threw the rifle into a body of water, and on Thursday led investigators to the site, according to an affidavit filed in Henry County Circuit Court.

The affidavit did not say why officers wanted to talk to him, but they told him they wanted to see guns he owned.

McCarthy appeared via video during his arraignment Friday in Henry County. It's unknown what connection McCarthy has to Noble. Noble began to act "visibly upset and faked crying".

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.

McCarthy was convicted of stabbing Michael Pawlick, 23 at the time, during a fight involving at least seven young men at Maple and Auburn streets in Manchester during 2001, police said. Noble then "stared" at the officer for about a minute, "blankly", before the officer asked again and he said that he knew where the weapon was.

The Court has issued a warrant with a bond of $25,000 cash only.

Noble then allegedly told police he came home around 2 a.m. Monday, just a few hours after the fatal shooting of Michael.

Officer Michael's Funeral is Saturday.

"Noble said he panicked, told his wife he needed to take out the trash, took the gun and drove north of town", according to the affidavit.

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