Officers responded to a 911 call at around 9:20 p.m. Central Time in Clinton, MO on Tuesday night. A woman could be heard screaming in the background of the call. Officers responded, and attempted to enter the home to assist the woman. Shortly after their arrival, gunfire erupted from inside the home, killing one officer and wounding two others.
The suspect then barricaded himself inside the residence.
Shortly after Bates County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene with their CERT team, they went in and got the officer who was still in the house, pulled him out so they could treat him. They then regrouped so they could go back into the house.
The shooter remained inside the home while a SWAT Team formed a plan to enter. Around 12:10 a.m., the SWAT Team went inside and found the shooter dead. It is unclear if the shooter took their own life or they were killed when officers shot back.
The officer who succumbed to his injuries was identified as Christopher Ryan Morton, 30. A veteran of the Army National Guard, he had been honored in 2014 for his military service by the Kansas City Royals. He had returned to Missouri from Afghanistan and presented the team with a flag that flew over his base there.
He had been with the Clinton Police Department since 2015. The names of the other two officers have not been released.
Thoughts and prayers are with the Clinton, Missouri Police Department. Three of their Police Officers were shot last night, one of them fatally. This just 7 short months after they lost an officer to gunfire. Prayers to their family, both blood and blue pic.twitter.com/zsTsFzSQpX
— Kiel Rushton (@Officer_Rushton) March 7, 2018
— KMOV (@KMOV) March 7, 2018
7 months after one of their officers was shot and killed, the Clinton, Missouri Police Department lost another officer last night when Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was shot and killed. 2 other officers also shot and injured. Keep this small town in your thoughts and prayers pic.twitter.com/b6eWMYtMtU
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) March 7, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Clinton (Missouri) Police Officer Christopher Morton, who was shot and killed Tuesday night responding to a domestic disturbance call. pic.twitter.com/mf3Gzr4ExZ
— Police Foundation (@PoliceFound) March 7, 2018
Officer Morton made the ultimate sacrifice to keep his community safe. Our hearts are with Clinton, Missouri, and the entire nation as we mourn his death and celebrate his bravery. https://t.co/YCvs4npeGf
— Missouri GOP (@MissouriGOP) March 7, 2018
— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) March 7, 2018
A Clinton, Missouri police officer was killed and two other officers were injured in a Tuesday night shooting. https://t.co/CRk62HAAIF
— WOWT 6 News (@WOWT6News) March 7, 2018