Clinton Police Officers Shot, 1 Killed

Clinton Police Officers Shot, 1 Killed

Troy Powers
March 8, 2018

The Missouri Highway Patrol has identified the man killed in a shootout with Clinton police officers.

"Officer Christopher Ryan Morton gave the ultimate sacrifice last night, and I am grieved to hear of his passing". He was a thirty-year old gentleman whose name was Ryan Morton.

Lowe said that the Clinton County 911 call center received an emergency call at around 9:20 p.m. and over the phone, two women were appeared very scared and were screaming in the background.

The officers entered the house to confront the man, who shot and killed one officer and wounded the two others, said Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe.

One officer was fatally shot inside the home, he said. Morton was killed in the shooting.

The injured officers were receiving treatment at hospitals in the Kansas City area, and according to Sgt. Lowe, their injuries are not life-threatening.

The two women heard in the 911 call were unharmed, Lowe stated.

The shooter then barricaded himself in the home and was discovered dead by a SWAT team shortly after midnight. This is the second officer in 7 months to be killed in the line of duty.

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Authorities on Wednesday released a mug shot of Waters from a November 2017 arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance. He stayed with the department as reserve officer until he returned again to full time duty September 24, 2017.

He also served in the Army National Guard as a specialist.

The 30-year-old is from Knob Noster, Mo., approximately 70 miles or an hour and 15 minute drive east from the metro.

UPDATE 12:31 a.m.: The Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A confirms the suspect involved in the officer involved shooting was located deceased inside of the residence.

"It's just devastating", Henry County Sheriff Kent Oberkrom said.

"We are such a tight-knit family", said Karen Conroy, who witnessed the latest shooting scene.

"It's small enough that you know each individual officer and the community knows each individual officer, and it's hard to put into words when you're talking about an agency of this size, a community of this size where something tragic like this happened just seven months ago". "They've endured a lot and they are going to endure more".