In Clinton, Missouri, police responded to an emergency 9-1-1 call at 9:20 p.m. on March 6, 2018. The officers were responding the call that reported two women were screaming in the backyard.
When the officers arrived at the house, Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said in the news conference that a man from inside the home opened fire.
The officers took cover and began firing back and rushed the home. Officer Christopher Ryan Morton and two others went inside the home to locate the man. The suspect shot and killed Officer Morton while injuring the other two officers.
The suspect barricaded himself inside the home while the Highway Patrol SWAT team swarmed the perimeter. At around 12:10 a.m. the SWAT team went in to find the suspect dead.
The police department has not yet disclosed how the suspect died, either it was an officer that shot him or if it was self-inflicted.
Thankfully, for the injured officers, they will be just fine. Their injuries are not life-threatening according to Sgt. Lowe. The two women who were screaming were reported to be fine and have been taken in for questioning.
Officer Morton, who died in the shooting, was 30 years old. He joined the Clinton Police Department in February of last year. Officer Morton was an Army National Guard Specialist. He served two tours in Afghanistan as a bridge crew member and a radio communications manager.
"It's hard to put into words what you go through when you have an officer killed in the line of duty," said Sgt. Lowe.
"The Clinton Police Department is a well-respected police department," said Sgt. Lowe. "They will forge on, but they will need help along the way. We are all saddened by this tragic event. It's one of those things that we realize can happen, but when it does happen, it definitely hits home."
Please keep everyone involved in your prayers. Please pray for Officer Christopher Morton's family during this difficult time.
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