Missouri Officer Killed, 2 Wounded Responding To 911 Call


A Missouri police officer was killed and two others were wounded on Tuesday after they were sent to the wrong house following 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.

The Tuesday night shooting marked the second death of a Clinton Police Officer in seven months to the day. Upon arrival, the officers started receiving fire from the suspect.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the officer killed as Christopher Ryan Morton, 30.

Members from the SWAT team discovered the suspect dead in the home shortly after.

As authorities investigate the fatal shooting of a Clinton police officer and the wounding of two other officers, audio from police scanners reveals a heartbreaking scene.

It wasn't immediately clear how the shooter died or what his relationship was to the women, who were not injured, Lowe said. Kasper was also treated for a gunshot wound and released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Morton was set to be initiated into the Clinton Elks Lodge Monday night with fellow police officers from Clinton. The suspect was later found dead. "We're way early in the investigation".

Morton had worked for the Clinton Police Department before Michael's death and returned to the department after he had died, Lowe said.

"Officer Christopher Morton put his life on the line in service to his community and our nation, and we are deeply saddened by his loss", Blunt said.

A minute and a half later, dispatchers are heard repeatedly asking Morton to "talk to us" and "stay with us".

This shooting came less than a year after another Clinton police officer was killed.

The patrol says shots were fired at the officers soon after they arrived at the home at around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

In November 2017, Waters was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. Sgt. Lowe said the residence where the incident took place was previously known to Clinton Police.

A woman who was at the home, 37-year-old Tammy Widget, was charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and maintaining a public nuisance. Gary Michael was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop last August.

In 1999, he plead guilty to robbery and armed criminal action in Jackson County after being arrested by Lee's Summit police.

Ian McCarthy has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Michael. Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty.