Missouri officer killed, two hurt, in Tuesday night shooting

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CLINTON, Mo. -- Officials say a police officer was killed and two other officers injured while responding to a disturbance in Clinton, Missouri, 75 miles southeast of Kansas City.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said during a news conference that the Clinton County 911 center received a call Tuesday evening at 9:20 where two women could be heard screaming in the background. Clinton Police officers responded.

Shortly after their arrival Lowe says the officers were shot at by the suspect from inside the residence. Lowe says officers went inside in an attempt to apprehend the suspect who then fatally shot one officer and wounded the others. They were transported to a hospital for treatment. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

Lowe says a SWAT team entered the residence but found the suspect dead at 12:10 a.m.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, the Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the officer killed as Christopher Ryan Morton, 30.

One of the two other officers shot was described by the Patrol as having suffered moderate injuries. The other is being treated for what were described as minor injuries.

This is the second time in less than a year that the Clinton Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. Officer Gary Michael was shot to death during a traffic stop last August.

Kansas City TV station KSHB reports that Ofc. Christopher Morton had left the Clinton Police Department and then returned to the force after Officer Michael's death.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Collin Stosberg says the cause of the suspect's death is under investigation. A woman also was taken into custody at the home.