Christopher Ryan Morton
Officers were sent to a home at approximately 9:30 p.m. on March 6th, 2018 in reference to a 911 hangup call.
Police responded to the home, which is located in the 300 block of West Grandriver Street, and went inside. Once inside, the suspect immediately began firing shots with a semi-automatic rifle hitting three different officers.
Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, remained in a back bedroom until he was rescued by other officers. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
During the shooting two other officers were injured. Both suffered “minor injuries” according to a spokesperson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Officer Morton had served as both a reserve officer and full-time officer with the Clinton Police Department for three years. The department says that Officer Morton had recently returned to full-time status following the line of duty death of Officer Gary Michael on August 6th, 2017. Officer Morton was a veteran of the Army National Guard.