30-year-old Clinton police officer killed, 2 injured in shooting; shooter found dead inside home

CLINTON, Mo. — One Clinton police officer was killed and two other officers were injured Tuesday night in a shooting.

Christopher Ryan Morton, who was known by his middle name, made the ultimate sacrifice. He was just 30 years old when he was killed.

Officer Nathan Bettencourt is in stable condition, recovering from gunshot wounds and surgery at a Kansas City-area hospital. Officer Nicholas Kasper was also treated for gunshot wounds and was released from the hospital earlier Wednesday.

Police believe 37-year-old James E. Waters, from Clinton, killed Morton. Authorities on Wednesday released a mug shot of Waters from a November 2017 arrest for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

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