Clinton Police Officer Killed Tuesday in the Line of Duty

Clinton Police Officer Killed Tuesday in the Line of Duty

Morton and two other police officers were shot while responding to a 911 call. When police responded to the scene they found the suspect had barricaded himself inside the residence in the small town of Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City. Lowe says it's unclear why they were sent instead to a home in Clinton but when they arrived officers went inside to check if any criminal activity was occurring and were shot.

After confirming the address with dispatch, officers entered the home, which is where they encountered 37-year-old James E. Waters, who fired at the officers and killed Officer Christopher Ryan Morton.

Missouri State Highway Patrol said Wednesday afternoon that Clinton officers were sent to 306 West Grandriver Street for a 911 call in which Henry County 911 operators could hear two women arguing in the background but no one was directly speaking to operators. The patrol says a SWAT team entered the home at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday but found the suspect dead. It's not known whether the suspect died in the shootout with police or of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect began firing at the officers and subsequently killed Officer Ryan Morton, and wounded two additional officers.

Sgt. Lowe said the two injured officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. One of the wounded officers is hospitalized with moderate injuries, and the other has minor injuries.

God bless every single police officer in the state of Missouri and around the country.

Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was fatally shot while trying to apprehend Waters.

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Stosberg said the cause of Waters death is under investigation.

This story has been corrected to reflect that it was an officer, but not the dispatcher, who was urging the dying officer to "stay with us".

When the officers entered the home, Lowe said they were doing what they were supposed to and that Widger's comments could not be taken at "face value". On Wednesday afternoon, authorities said a woman inside that home had been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intention to distribute.

Lowe said they believe they know who the shooter is, but will not release any information until they "are positive" about his identity.

For the second time in less than a year, a police officer has been killed in the line of duty in Clinton, Missouri. He has pleaded not guilty. In August 2017, Gary Michael, was fatally shot after pulling over a driver for a traffic violation. Ian McCarthy, 39, was arrested after a two-day manhunt and is charged with first-degree murder.

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in Michael's shooting, the Associated Press reported.