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Missouri police officer killed, 2 others wounded in shooting; suspect dead

Missouri police officer killed, 2 others wounded in shooting; suspect dead

One police officer has been killed and two others were injured in a shooting in a small town about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Missouri State PolicePolice say James Waters, left, is dead after shooting and killing Clinton, Missouri Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton.

Bill Lowe said at a news conference early Wednesday that the Clinton County 911 center received a call late Tuesday where two women could be heard screaming in the background.

Lowe said that shortly after officers arrived on the scene, they were shot at from the suspect who retreated inside the house, the Star reported.

Authorities later found the suspect dead inside the home almost three hours after the shooting first broke out, according to the highway patrol.

Authorities say they found the suspect deceased inside the residence. One officer was fatally shot inside the home while two others are in stable condition in the hospital.

Lowe said the two women heard in the 911 call were not injured.

Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, has been identified as the officer who was killed in the line of duty the evening of March 6.

This shooting come exactly seven months since fellow Clinton officer Gary Michael was shot and killed during a traffic stop. He is survived by his parents and siblings.

Morton is the second Clinton police officer in the past year to be killed in the line of duty. This time, it was another officer in Clinton, Missouri.

I'd ask us to do one more thing: think of this police department and all police departments throughout our state. "Officer Christopher Ryan Morton gave the #UltimateSacrifice" she wrote.

In our era, the people who walk our streets and defend the defenseless are given an honored name: they are called police officers.

Stosberg declined to say whether police had responded to the home in the past or what precipitated the 911 call. However, one officer died in the shooting.

"It's just another tragic event for this community and this police department", Sgt. Lowe said.

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