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Three police officers shot, one fatally, in Clinton, Mo.; suspect dies

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A Clinton, Mo., police officer was killed and two others were shot Tuesday night while responding to a 911 call.

Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was identified as the officer shot and killed, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

A suspect in the shooting also died.

The incident occurred seven months after Clinton officer Gary Michael was shot to death during a traffic stop.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said the 911 call came about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday from a home near downtown Clinton. During the call, two women were heard screaming in the background, and police officers were dispatched.

Officers arrived at the home at 9:25 p.m. and were fired on, Lowe said. Officers entered the residence as a suspect retreated inside. The three officers were shot, including one officer who died inside the home.

The injured officer were taken away from the scene and the Missouri Highway Patrol arrived to help.

A highway patrol swat team made a plan to enter the residence. It entered about 12:10 a.m. The suspect was found dead inside the home.

Lowe said it was unclear whether officers killed the suspect or whether he killed himself. Lowe said he didn’t know what happened to the women on the 911 call.

Hours later, investigators with the highway patrol continued to work at the scene.


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