Police records say a man charged with supplying the weapon used to kill a western Missouri police officer admitted that he bought the rifle for the suspect and threw it in a creek after the shooting.
Noble, 35, is now charged with felony evidence tampering.
Michael was shot after he stopped a driver for a traffic violation. Lowe said McCarthy, 39, was suffering from a gunshot wound when a patrol trooper arrested him.
The Court has issued a warrant with a bond of $25,000 cash only.
"Noble acted like he was visibly upset and faked crying", according to the affidavit.
Noble allegedly pointed to the water and told police that's where he threw it. Police say they could see the stock of the weapon under the water. When asked why he was behaving that way, he told police he had sold the gun to McCarthy. Police say they told Noble that he already knew the answer to that question. He then changed his story and acknowledged that McCarthy asked him to buy the rifle for him. They say it matched the description of the rifle used and appeared to be the weapon used in the murder.
Officers from across the state escorted Michael's body into the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home.
As the officers were getting ready to leave, one of them asked Noble if he knew where the gun was.
Noble then said that on August 7, he came home around 2 a.m. from Lee's Summit, walked into his house, and saw the rifle leaning against the inside doorway.
On Thursday, the officers drove him to the location outside the city and found the gun in water near the intersection of NW 300th and NW 131st roads. He did not appear to have a job since arriving in Clinton about four years ago to visit a friend he met while playing video games on line. 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. The bullets that hit Michael ultimately killed him.