Another Clinton, Mo officer shot to death while on duty

One police officer was shot dead and two others were wounded in a standoff with a gunman in Clinton Mo. on Tuesday said the Henry County Sheriff's Office

Local police have named the victim as 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton.

For the second time in less than a year, a police officer has been killed in the line of duty in Clinton, Missouri.

The shooter was identified Wednesday as James E. Waters, 37, of Clinton, the state patrol tweeted.

The gunman fired at officers from inside the house. Two other officers are in stable condition and undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds - one in the arm and the other in the shoulder, he said.

According to Missouri State Highway patrol, officers were responding to a call at a residence when the shooting took place.

The suspect then barricaded himself inside. The patrol says a SWAT team entered the home at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday but found the suspect dead.

Clinton is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Kansas City.

"The Clinton Police Department is a well respected police department", said Sgt. Lowe. They'll need help along the way.

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When police arrived, a man began shooting at them from inside a home.

In a phone interview with Scripps station KSHB in Kansas City just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Toliver said she could hear gun shots around 10:50 p.m. Tuesday.

"Certainly when Officer Michael was killed on August 6 of past year it was just devastating to our community, and these things as we've said then and I'll say it again, they just don't happen in small towns like ours".

The two women who called 911 were not injured, Sgt. Lowe said. And these are good and right things, and we should do them.

Our heartfelt condolences to the Clinton, MO Police Department who had another one of their officers killed in the line of duty overnight.

"It's small enough that you know each individual officer and the community knows each individual officer, and it's hard to put into words when you're talking about an agency of this size, a community of this size where something tragic like this happened just seven months ago". They've endured a lot. "Everyone's thoughts and prayers would be appreciated".

At some point in time in that interaction they [police officers] were shot at by the suspect from inside the residence.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.