One officer was fatally shot inside the home while two others are in stable condition in the hospital.
"I am sorry for your loss".
Around the time of 12:10 a.m. March 7, 2018, the S.W.A.T. team entered the premises, but when they looked inside, they found that the shooting suspect was already dead.
Sgt. Bill Lowe with Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke at a news conference around 1 a.m. Morton, who replaced Michael on the force, said he was "Just trying to help the PD heal now".
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Officers from the Clinton Police Department, Henry County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to the scene during the incident.
Rudolph's message from his family to Morton's family and those of the injured officers - "I wanna say from his family to officers family we are sorry that this happened".
The two women heard arguing in the 911 call were not in any way connected to the Clinton home, Lowe said. On Wednesday afternoon, authorities said a woman inside that home had been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intention to distribute.
Officer Ryan Morton died from gunshots in a shootout with a suspect at a home off Grandriver.
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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.
Clinton is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Kansas City. "Especially for this community, they're going to have to have another healing process take place", Lowe said. Officer Gary Michael, 37, had pulled over a vehicle for a suspected registration violation when the alleged shooter got out of his auto and fired at him.
A dying Missouri officer said over the police radio that he had been shot multiple times and didn't think he could make it through the window of a home from which two other wounded officers managed to escape.
The deceased suspect has been identified as James E. Waters, 37, of Clinton. He claims he's self-employed and a graduate of Westport High School. Investigators have not determined if he shot himself or was killed by the officers, Lowe said.
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Autopsies on the officer and suspect are pending.
"We urge everyone to please avoid the area as the shooter is still barricaded inside the residence", the fire department said in a statement. They then regrouped so they could go back into the house. It wasn't initially clear what circumstances led to the shooting.
Morton's death was seven months to the day after a fellow Clinton police officer, Gary Michael, was shot dead, ABC Kansas City affiliate KMBC-TV reported.
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