Authorities are trying to figure out why Missouri police officers responding to a 911 call were sent to the wrong house, where they say a man opened fire, killing one officer and wounding two others. The suspect also died.
Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe said whoever placed the 911 call on Tuesday night didn’t speak to the dispatcher, but two women could be heard arguing in the background. Officers were sent to check on the disturbance. Authorities still are trying to determine why the officers were sent to the address in Clinton where they were shot instead of the home from where the call was made, which was about 15 miles away in Windsor.
The three Clinton officers went inside the home to determine if criminal activity was occurring and a man inside, James Waters, shot them, Lowe said. Police scanner communications captured a dispatcher talking to Clinton Officer Christopher Ryan Morton soon after he was fatally wounded. Morton says he has been hit “multiple times” and that he doesn’t think he can make it out of a window. The dispatcher begs Morton to “stay with us.”
The two wounded officers eventually made it out of the house, but Waters barricaded himself inside and exchanged gunfire with the dozens of officers who eventually arrived. Neighbor Sheryl Long said officers begged Waters during the standoff to let them tend to Morton.
By the time officers got to Morton hours later, he was dead, along with Waters. It wasn’t immediately known if Waters shot himself or was killed by police, Lowe said.