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Missouri officer killed, 2 hurt when sent to wrong house

10 March 2018, 01:38 | Colleen Roy

911 call before deadly Missouri police shooting came from a different address, police say

Police Department shows officer Christopher Ryan Morton. Morton was fatally shot and two other officers injured while trying to apprehend the suspect after responding to a 911 call at a Missouri residence on Tuesday

Authorities said the two wounded officers were able to get out of the house, taking a woman inside with them as they retreated.

Morton, who joined the Army in November 2005 and was twice deployed, returned in May 2014 from Afghanistan, where he served as a bridge crew member and radio communications manager, The Kansas City Star reported.

Sgt. Bill Lowe said that the deceased officer was with the department for three to four years, and recalled the death of another officer Michael who died in the line of duty.

Rudolph's message from his family to Morton's family and those of the injured officers - "I wanna say from his family to officers family we are sorry that this happened".

At approximately 9:20 p.m. on March 6, the Clinton County 911 call center received a call with two women frantically screaming in the background, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told reporters at a news conference. A woman who was at the home was taken into custody.

The three officers were subsequently shot by the suspect and began to engage the man.

The Kansas City Royals tweeted shortly after learning of Morton's death. The two accompanying offficers sustained non-life threatening injuries, Lowe said.

Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was fatally shot while trying to apprehend the suspect. He claims he's self-employed and a graduate of Westport High School.

Michael would've been a fresh face at the department when Morton chose to take the VA job in Kansas City.

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.

After walking in, the suspect, James E. Waters, 37, started shooting at the officers, Lowe said.

Officer: "Can you see the suspect?" After getting those officers out from the residence, they were transported to the hospital and treated for their injuries.

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.

The shooter is believed to be barricaded inside of a home. Widger had sold drugs out of the home previously but it was not clear Wednesday if the officers' shooting was directly related to a drug crime, Shields said. They then regrouped so they could go back into the house.

The identity of the shooter was also not known at the time of publishing the story.

The Clinton police officer killed in a shootout Tuesday had just returned to the force last fall to fill in for the loss of Ofc.

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