March 19, 2018

Local Sheriff Responds To Missouri Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

08 March 2018, 01:51 | Lorenzo Hawkins

Emily Rittman KCTV5

Emily Rittman  KCTV5

Authorities say a man shot and killed a police officer and wounded two others at a residence in the 300 block of West Grandriver St., Clinton, Tuesday night.

Officers found James E. Waters, 37, of Clinton, dead inside a home in Clinton Wednesday morning.

The injured officers underwent treatment for gunshot wounds - one in the arm and the other in the shoulder, CNN reported.

At approximately 9:20 p.m. on March 6, the Clinton County 911 call center received a frantic call with two women screaming in the background, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told reporters.

The shooter then barricaded himself in the home and was discovered dead by a SWAT team shortly after midnight.

Stosberg says the cause of the suspect's death is under investigation. Officer Morton was an army veteran who served two tours and was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard.

The two women heard in the 911 call were unharmed, Lowe stated.

In yet another shocking shooting incident, an unfortunate death of a Clinton County police officer occurred.

In August 2017, Officer Gary Michael was killed during a traffic stop.

Morton is the second Clinton police officer in the past year to be killed in the line of duty.

"It's hard to put into words what you go through when you have an officer killed in a line of duty", Lowe said.

Missouri Public Safety Chief of Operations Gregg Favre tweeted: "State and local resources are on this scene in Clinton, Missouri". In one era, they are called warriors.

Lowe spoke about the bravery of the Clinton Police Department and the community. "They're going to endure more", Sgt. Lowe said.

A town in shock - People living in Clinton woke up to the news that another officer was killed. One of the wounded officers remained hospitalized Wednesday with moderate injuries. I got to know the men and women of the Clinton Police Department and the community through that tragedy.

Stosberg declined to say whether police had responded to the home in the past or what precipitated the 911 call.

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