The third man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Clinton, Mo., police officer allegedly gave the accused shooter a ride out of town.
Jacob M. Johnson, 27, was charged Tuesday in Henry County Circuit Court with a felony charge of hindering prosecution.
He was jailed on a $25,000 bond.
Court documents filed in Johnson’s case reveal new details in the Aug. 6 fatal shooting of Officer Gary Michael, including what kind of weapon his alleged killer had and where the shooter was wounded when Michael returned fire.
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Ian McCarthy, who is charged with first-degree murder in Michael’s killing, was shot in the buttocks when the officer returned fire, Johnson allegedly told another person the next day.
Johnson also told that person that McCarthy was no longer in town, according to court documents.
“The less we all know the better,” Johnson allegedly said the day after the officer was killed. “He (McCarthy) took one in the ass.”
When questioned that day by police, Johnson denied having seen McCarthy and said McCarthy did not own a firearm, according to the documents.
But two days later on Aug. 9, the day after McCarthy was arrested, Johnson told police investigators that he had previously seen McCarthy with an AR-15 rifle.
That same day, an unnamed witness said that when Johnson and others heard of McCarthy’s arrest near the Bucksaw Marina, Johnson said, “That’s not where I dropped him off,” according to the documents.
The witness also told police that someone, who is not named in the documents, loaned Johnson a vehicle to give McCarthy a ride to the marina.
Besides McCarthy and Johnson, another Clinton man, William Noble, is charged with tampering with evidence after allegedly disposing of the firearm used to shoot the officer. The rifle was later found in a body of water outside of Clinton.