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MSHP finds rifle believed to be used in shooting death of Officer Gary Michael

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 16:34:51-04

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.

Extended coverage:

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Family remembers Clinton, Missouri officer Gary Michael 

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