1 officer killed, 2 injured in Clinton shooting

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A police officer was shot and killed in Missouri while responding to a 911 call on Tuesday night March 6, authorities said. Officer Morton was an army veteran who served two tours and was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard. One officer was fatally shot inside the home while two others are in stable condition in the hospital.

According to Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it was around 9:20 p.m., when Henry County 911 received a call from a home near S. Orchard and W. Ohio Street, in which the phone line was left open and screaming was heard in the background.

The three officers went inside the house to "apprehend the suspect" and were struck by gunfire inside.

A Clinton, Mo. police officer was killed in a shooting Tuesday. However, one officer died in the shooting.

A SWAT team entered the home at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday but found the suspect dead.

Missouri Public Safety Chief of Operations Gregg Favre tweeted: "State and local resources are on this scene in Clinton, Missouri". "We're way early in the investigation".

The identities of the suspect nor the officers were immediately released.

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Two other officers were injured during the shooting.

This is the second incident in seven months where a Clinton police officer was killed.

The patrol said Morton was a full-time Clinton officer from February 2015 through January 2017, when he temporarily became a reserve officer. In order to determine nothing adverse was going on in that residence, they had to make sure everything was OK. They'll need help along the way.

"Officer Christopher Morton put his life on the line in service to his community and our nation, and we are deeply saddened by his loss", Blunt said.

They've confirmed that 30-year-old Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was the one killed. Three to four years.

Officer Gary Michael was killed during a traffic, initiating a manhunt for suspect Ian McCarthy. He pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder last month.

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