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Police Officer Gets Shot, Killed While Responding To A 911 Call

This undated photo released by Clinton Police Department shows officer Christopher Ryan Morton. Morton was fatally shot and two other officers injured while trying to apprehend the suspect after responding to a 911 call at a Missouri residence on Tuesday night, March 6, 2018. A SWAT team entered the home early Wednesday but found the suspect dead. (Clinton Police Department via AP)

A Missouri police officer who was shot and killed while responding to a 911 call had been sent to the wrong house, authorities said.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said no one spoke when the 911 call came in Tuesday night but two women could be heard arguing in the background.

For reasons that authorities still are trying to determine, the officers were sent to the address in Clinton where they were shot. The home that officers should have responded to was in Windsor, about 15 miles away, authorities said Wednesday.

The three Clinton officers went inside the home to determine if criminal activity was occurring and James Waters was in the residence and shot them, Lowe said. It’s not clear if Waters, 37, was living there.

Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, died. Officer Nathan Bettencourt was in stable condition Wednesday. The third officer, Nicholas Kasper, was treated for gunshot wounds and released Wednesday.

After the officers were shot, a SWAT team entered the house and found Waters dead. Investigators have not determined if he shot himself or was killed by the officers, Lowe said.

Scanner audio captured the shootout. According to The Kansas City Star, Morton can be heard saying: ‘I’m hit multiple times. One left arm. Both legs. The chest, the vest.’

Another officer can hear saying: ‘Morton, stay with us. Stay with us Morton.’

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