Missouri officer killed, 2 injured responding to 911 call

Posted March 08, 2018

One police officer was killed and two others were injured late Tuesday during a shooting at a Missouri home, authorities said.

A SWAT team entered the home at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday but found the suspect dead.

They've confirmed that 30-year-old Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was the one killed.

One officer has minor injuries, and the other officer's injuries are unknown.

The officers immediately responded around 9:25 p.m. and reached the residence.

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Stosberg says the cause of the suspect's death is under investigation.

But for Graff and others in this town of about 8,800, the news of another fallen officer was hard to take.

The two women who called 911 were not injured, Sgt. Lowe said.

Tuesday's incident occurred seven months after Clinton police officer Gary Michael was shot to death during a traffic stop, the Star reported. He is survived by his parents and siblings.

Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler expressed grief for the fallen officer in a tweet.

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According to Morton's Facebook page, the officer graduated from Knob Noster High School, he attended the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and served in the National Guard as well as the US Army.

Fox 4 reports this is the second #police officer killed in the line of duty in Clinton, Missouri in the a year ago. This is the second officer in 7 months to be killed in the line of duty.

"It's just devastating", Henry County Sheriff Kent Oberkrom said. As a sign of support for the police department, the blue flags were sent out to the Clinton community after Michael was shot in August. I got to know the men and women of the Clinton Police Department and the community through that tragedy.

Sgt. Bill Lowe said that the deceased officer was with the department for three to four years, and recalled the death of another officer Michael who died in the line of duty.

Today, in the state of Missouri, we lost one of our police officers.

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Cassie Toliver, who lives near where the shooting took place, said police vehicles, sirens and lights quickly filled the streets and law enforcement barricaded the area from both sides.