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.’