Clinton, Missouri Shooting: Officer Killed, 2 Others Injured, Suspected Shooter Dead

He returned home in May of 2014 from Afghanistan where he served as a bridge crew member, a radio communications manager and maintained all military bridges in multiple regional commands.

Morton was featured in a Mother's Day greeting video while he was in Kandahar, shared by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.

Morton joined the Army in November 2005 and was twice deployed.

Major League Baseball pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, who played for the Royals when Morton was honored, also retweeted a photo of them together. The patrol described Morton in a tweet as having served with "distinction".

"We are saddened to hear the news regarding Clinton, Mo. Our thoughts are with his family today", the Royals said.

Kansas City TV station KSHB reports that Ofc. He claims he's self-employed and a graduate of Westport High School.

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

"It's hard to put into words what you go through when you have an officer killed in a line of duty", Lowe said. One suffered "moderate" injuries while the other suffered minor injuries, according to a spokesperson for the Missouri Highway Patrol. In the shooting, one officer lost his life, and two others were injured. Investigators have not determined if he shot himself or was killed by the officers, Lowe said.

Authorities say a 37-year-old convicted felon is the suspect in a shooting that killed a Clinton police officer and wounded two other officers.

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"To enter a residence like that and sustain the amount of gunfire that they took on, they were heroic in their actions", Lowe said.

Autopsies on the officer and suspect are pending. On Wednesday afternoon, authorities said a woman inside that home had been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intention to distribute.

The identities of the three officers are being withheld pending the notification of the next-of-kin. After getting those officers out from the residence, they were transported to the hospital and treated for their injuries. But the fact is they were in the act of committing crimes within that house.

When the officers entered the home, Lowe said they were doing what they were supposed to and that Widger's comments could not be taken at "face value".

The Clinton Police Department, SWAT teams and the Henry County Sheriff's Department subsequently engaged in a standoff with the suspect. But the man continued shooting, wounding all the officers.

The woman heard in the 911 call was not injured.

== Original story published March 7, 2018 ==.

Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was identified as the officer who was killed in the line of duty by the suspect.