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Missouri police officer killed, 2 others wounded in shooting; suspect dead


One officer in Clinton, Missouri was killed and two others were injured in a shooting Tuesday evening.

A Clinton, Mo. police officer was killed in a shooting Tuesday.

Purinton this week pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

He returned to full-time duty one month after Michael's death.

One officer, later identified as 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton, was fatally shot inside the home, according to the state patrol. He stayed with the department as reserve officer until he returned again to full time duty September 24, 2017. #ClintonPD, ' the patrol added.

After Michael was killed, this already tight knit community grew closer.

The officers entered the house to confront the man, who shot and killed one officer and wounded the two others, said Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe. When they went inside, the suspect shot and killed one officer and hurt two others.

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

Stosberg said the cause of the suspect's death is under investigation.




It wasn't immediately clear how the shooter died or what his relationship was to the women, who were not injured, Lowe said.

Officer Nicholas Kasper was treated and released from an area hospital.

Friends described Morton as an officer and friend who had a big heart, and who was always willing to help others. "Rest in peace Officer Morton".

Morton joined the Army in November 2005 and was twice deployed.

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

Morton was seated in the Our Heroes seats, which is now called the Salute to Service seats, on June 5, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium.

He was honored at a Royals game in June 2014, and presented Jeremy Guthrie with a USA flag that was flown during his deployment.

Officials say Morton served with distinction for the citizens of Clinton as a full-time police officer from February 2015 to January 2017.

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