Police Officer Killed, 2 Others Wounded While Responding to 911 Call

Police Officer Killed, 2 Others Wounded While Responding to 911 Call

The officers in the town of Clinton, outside of Kansas City, responded to a 911 call where two women could be heard screaming in the background.

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

Morton was heard on his police radio telling officers he had been shot multiple times. Courtesy of The Associated Press and YouTube.

Henry County Prosecutor Richard Shields said it was too early to tell if the drug charges are directly connected to the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Clinton police officer Christopher Ryan Morton and the wounding of two others. The wounded officers were Nathan Bettencourt, who was in stable condition Thursday, and Nicholas Kasper, who was treated for gunshot wounds and released. "When (the officers) entered that house they were doing what they needed to ensure no one was hurt and there wasn't any other problems". The other officer's injuries were minor, the patrol said. The cause of his death is unclear.

Additional agencies were called to the Clinton home, including members of the Bates County Tactical Team and the MSHP Troop A SWAT Team, who entered the home to get to Morton.

'He stayed with the department as reserve officer until he returned again to full time duty 9/24/2017. Courtesy of 41 Action News and YouTube. He served stints in prison from October 2000 through November 2002, May 2003 through April 2008, July 2008 through October 2012, and May 2014 through last July, according to Missouri Department of Corrections spokesman Garry Brix.

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The deceased suspect has been identified as James E. Waters, 37, of Clinton. He pleaded not guilty, and the case was pending when he died.

Morton worked as a full-time Clinton police officer from February 12, 2015, to January 10, 2017.

This shooting came less than a year after another Clinton police officer was killed. The break ended after a gunman fatally shot another Clinton officer, Gary Michael, in August. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Ian McCarthy, 39, was arrested after a two-day manhunt and is charged with first-degree murder. "We are praying and ask that each of you pray for all involved and especially for the family of the officer who was killed in the line of duty this evening".

"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.

Friends described Morton as an officer and friend who had a big heart, and who was always willing to help others.

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