Missouri shooting: One police officer killed, 2 others injured

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

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

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.

Clinton Police Department officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, remained in a bedroom for several minutes before being rescued by the other officers. According to CNN, the two other officers are in stable condition and are being treated for gunshot wounds, one in the arm and the other in the shoulder.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt Bill Lowe, Morton was shot after a 911 call came in from a home near downtown Clinton.

The patrol said shots were fired at the Clinton officers soon after they arrived at the home around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Lowe said it was unclear whether officers killed the suspect or whether he killed himself.

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

Morton worked as a full-time Clinton police officer from February 12, 2015, to January 10, 2017. In August, Officer Gary Michael was killed during a traffic stop. He is survived by his parents and siblings.

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A town in shock - People living in Clinton woke up to the news that another officer was killed.

'We are saddened to hear the news regarding Clinton, Mo Police Officer Chris Morton this morning.

Fox 4 reports this is the second #police officer killed in the line of duty in Clinton, Missouri in the previous year.

Missouri Public Safety Chief of Operations Gregg Favre tweeted: "State and local resources are on this scene in Clinton, Missouri". The policemen entered the residence house, and all three received bullet wounds from the shooter, WDAF reported. In one era, they are called warriors. "He was just one of those kind of guys", Oberkrom said.

Lowe spoke about the bravery of the Clinton Police Department and the community. "Especially for this community, they're going to have to have another healing process take place", Lowe said.

The shooter barricaded himself in the home, leading to a almost two-hour standoff, Lowe said.

Officer Michael died just seven months ago, which was already a big loss to the department.

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