Missouri officer killed, 2 wounded responding to 911 call

Cop shot dead, 2 others wounded, suspect found dead in home after standoff

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will give a statement Wednesday afternoon in regard to the fatal shooting of a Clinton police officer.

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

Missouri State Highway PatrolClinton Police Officer Ryan Morton was killed in the line of duty after responding to a 911 call.

The patrol reports one of the wounded officers is hospitalized with moderate injuries and the other has minor injuries.

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.

Authorities say they found the suspect deceased inside the residence. Officer Morton was an army veteran who served two tours and was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard.

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

It was seven months ago to the day that Officer Gary Michael was killed after he was shot during a traffic stop on August 6.

Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler expressed grief for the fallen officer in a tweet. "Officer Christopher Ryan Morton gave the #UltimateSacrifice" she wrote. The suspected shooter was holed up inside a residence and fired at the officials, killing one and injuring two others. Numerous agencies assisted including Clinton PD, Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. One of the officers was killed. That's when the Missouri Highway Patrol arrived to help.

This is the second time in less than a year that the Clinton Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. They confirmed that the women who were heard on the call were not injured. "Especially for this community, they're going to have to have another healing process take place", Lowe said.

"We're pretty good friends with the police here; I've grown up with them", Graff said. At the time, it was the first officer to die in the line of duty in Clinton.

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

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