It started with a 911 call, punctuated by two women's screams. It ended with a police officer and a suspect dead. Following the 911 call Tuesday, police responded to a home in Clinton, Mo., around 9:20pm local time. They were met with gunfire from a suspect, who barricaded himself inside the residence, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe tells CNN. Officers entered the home to try to get to the women, and it was inside where the suspect shot and killed Clinton police officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, and wounded two other officers. The cops retreated, with the wounded taken to a hospital, before a SWAT team entered the home shortly after midnight. The suspect was then found to have been fatally shot, per KMBC. Police are investigating whether the gunshot came from police or was self-inflicted, reports ABC News.
Police say the two women heard on the 911 call were uninjured. One woman was taken into custody, per the AP. The two wounded officers—one was shot in the arm, the other in the shoulder—are in stable condition and expected to survive. That doesn't ease the pain of Morton's sacrifice. "It's hard to put it in words what you go through when you have an officer killed in the line of duty. And then to have it happen to a department after a short period of time, that's hard to wrap your head around," Lowe says. As KMBC reports, Tuesday's shooting came seven months to the day after Clinton police officer Gary Michael, 37, was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in August. Morton's death brings the total number of US officers killed in the line of duty this year to at least 20, per Fox News. (Read more Missouri stories.)