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Police sent to wrong address, 1 officer killed

Police sent to wrong address, 1 officer killed

The Missouri police officer who was gunned down this week left his mark in Kansas City, like the Veteran's Administration Medical Center where 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton once worked as he served as a reserve police officer in Clinton.

"Our hearts and our prayers go out to the community, the police department and to Chris's family", Park said. The route of the escort will be south on Interstate 49 to Harrisonville then south on Missouri Highway 7 to Clinton.

This story has been corrected to reflect that it was an officer, but not the dispatcher, who was urging the dying officer to "stay with us".

"When it was attached to the incident the address that was given to the officers that was attached was to the address here in Clinton Missouri", said Sgt. Bill Lowe with Missouri State Highway Patrol. Tammy Widger, 37, opened the door and told them there wasn't a problem and she was home alone, Stosberg said. Officer Morton was killed.

As for his cause of death, we await the results of an autopsy. Morton, who sounds out of breath, tells dispatchers he's in a back room of the home. Morton, however, bled out as police begged the shooter to let them retrieve him. Kasper was released Wednesday from a local hospital, and Bettencourt on Thursday was in stable condition, recovering from his wounds and surgery at a hospital in Kansas City, according to the highway patrol.

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An officer asks Morton if he's OK, and he says no, that he's been shot in several places. "From this point on we're in that healing process", said Lowe.

In another coincidence, Shields said officers had been searching for Waters in connection with a rape case, but it wasn't clear how he was involved. Shields did not say whether the parties spoke.

"Something was really going on with my daddy", she said. "I don't think so", he responds. Online court records don't list an attorney for Widger, who is being held on a $25,000 bond. 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. He was deployed overseas twice before becoming a police officer in Clinton. Seven months ago, officer Gary Michael was shot dead during a traffic stop.

VA Deputy Police Chief Gene Park said he has fond memories of working with Morton. But when Michael was killed, Morton "felt a calling to come back to the police department in a full-time capacity and applied to be a road officer again".

Lowe told reporters that the officers were able to leave the location, while the suspect remained barricaded inside.


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