Clinton police officer killed, 2 other officers recovering from shooting

James E. Waters

The Topeka Police Department tweeted Wednesday, "The unimaginable hurt in Clinton, MO PD and Community for their fallen Officer- OFC Morton- only 30 years old".

Officers found James E. Waters, 37, of Clinton, dead inside a home in Clinton Wednesday morning.

Of the two other officers injured, one suffered "moderate" injuries while the third suffered minor injuries, according to Lowe.

Morton's death comes after police officer Gary Michael was fatally shot in Missouri on August 6, 2017.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

The Clinton Fire Department issued its condolences after the shooting, CNN affiliate KCTV reported.

'He stayed with the department as reserve officer until he returned again to full time duty 9/24/2017. This is where Officer Gary Michael Jr. was shot and killed in the line of duty last summer.

It wasn't immediately clear how the shooter died or what his relationship was to the women, who were not injured, Lowe said. Two others were in stable condition and being treated for gunshot wounds - one in the arm and the other in the shoulder.

Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said Clinton County 911 dispatchers received a call at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Officials say Morton served with distinction for the citizens of Clinton as a full-time police officer from February 2015 to January 2017. Numerous agencies assisted including Clinton PD, Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

I'd ask us to do one more thing: think of this police department and all police departments throughout our state.

"Officer Christopher Morton put his life on the line in service to his community and our nation, and we are deeply saddened by his loss", Blunt said.

"Certainly when Officer Michael was killed on August 6 of a year ago 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".

When Harley Graff heard about the shooting death of a police officer in Clinton late Tuesday, he looked to find out if it was an officer he knew.

Sgt. Lowe said Morton had been with the department for a while.

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