Family of Clinton Shooting Suspect Say He Shouldn't Have Had Guns

A Clinton Mo. police officer was killed in a shooting Tuesday

Family of Clinton Shooting Suspect Say He Shouldn't Have Had Guns

Further investigation revealed the phone number from the original 911 call came from an address in Windsor and not the residence of the officer-involved shooting.

Because officers believed they were investigating a disturbance, Sgt. Bill Lowe with the MSHP said they had to enter that home. When police responded to the scene they found the suspect had barricaded himself inside the residence in the small town of Clinton, about 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

It's a sad day for the Clinton County officers as they lost a dear friend and colleague in a crossfire on March 6, 2018.

One officer was fatally shot inside the home, Lowe said, while two others are in stable condition and undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds - one in the arm and the other in the shoulder.

When Clinton Police Department officers rushed to the scene, gunfire erupted.

The Missouri Highway Patrol released the names of two Clinton, Mo. officers shot while in a shootout with a suspect Tuesday night. The other two officers have not been identified. Two other officers were injured. He was found dead early Wednesday in a Clinton home where the officers were shot hours earlier while trying to apprehend him.

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

A minute and a half later, dispatchers are heard repeatedly asking Morton to "talk to us" and "stay with us".

Autopsies on the officer and suspect are pending.

Lowe said investigators are still trying to determine how the mistake occurred.

The slain Clinton officer was identified as 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton.

The Missouri Department of Corrections says Waters served stints in prison from October 2000 through November 2002, May 2003 through April 2008, July 2008 through October 2012 and May 2014 through last July.

Waters, who was previously convicted for drugs and resisting arrest, was also facing gun and drug charges in an ongoing case.

This makes the second Clinton officer shot and killed in the line of duty in the past year. In an attempt to retrieve the suspect, the officers went into the house but were shot, and Morton was killed.

Ian McCarthy has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Michael.

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in Michael's shooting, the Associated Press reported. He had recently returned to full-time duty to replace a fallen officer.

'This type of incident is tragic for the community, for the Police Department and we all remember we were here seven months ago for the same reason, ' Lowe said.

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