One police officer was killed and two others were injured by a gunman who was found dead inside a Missouri home, according to the state highway patrol.
Around the time of 12:10 a.m. March 7, 2018, the S.W.A.T. team entered the premises, but when they looked inside, they found that the shooting suspect was already dead.
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 patrol says shots were fired at the officers soon after they arrived at the home at around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the Highway Patrol, Morton served with as a full-time police officer with the Clinton force from February 12, 2015 until January 10, 2017.
The two women heard in the 911 call were unharmed, Lowe stated.
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A joint investigation is underway between the Highway Patrol, Clinton Police Department, and Henry County Sheriff's Department. Officer Gary Michael was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop last August.
He was a veteran of the Army National Guard and 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.
Said Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri Highway Patrol: "It goes without saying that these officers put themselves in jeopardy on a daily basis".
What Happened In Clinton, Missouri? "They're going to endure more", Sgt. Lowe said. I got to know the men and women of the Clinton Police Department and the community through that tragedy. "Officer Christopher Ryan Morton gave the #UltimateSacrifice" she wrote.
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. At the time, it was the first officer to die in the line of duty in Clinton.