The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed they have found the rifle they believe was used in the shooting death of Clinton Officer Gary Michael.
Michael was killed during a traffic stop that turned deadly Sunday night.
Suspect Ian McCarthy was caught Tuesday night and officially booked into the Henry County jail Wednesday morning.
He’s charged with first-degree murder and felony armed criminal action.
The rifle was found around 3 p.m. Thursday in a creek about two miles north of Clinton.
Officials said they are taking special precautions to retrieve the gun from the water because they don’t want it to rust.