Missouri police officer dies after 911 call of women screaming


Missouri police officer dies after 911 call of women screaming

One Clinton police officer was killed in a shooting at a house late Tuesday night and two others were wounded, the Missouri Highway Patrol says.

Officials say a police officer was killed and two other officers injured after responding to a Missouri residence.

Clinton, with about 8,800 residents, is about 70 miles (110 kilometers) east of Kansas City. For reasons that authorities still are trying to determine, 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 officers were subsequently shot by the suspect and began to engage the man.

Three officers from the Clinton Police Department were dispatched to a home in Clinton around 9:22 p.m. after 911 operators received a call that had two women screaming in the background, Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said of the "tragic" incident.

By 12:30 AM, backup had arrived and entered the residence only to find the 37-year-old suspect, James Waters, dead. Waters also died, but investigators don't know if he shot himself or was shot by police.

Officer Nathan Bettencourt is in stable condition, recovering from gunshot wounds and surgery at a Kansas City-area hospital.

Two other officers, who were not identified, were wounded in the shooting.

It's a sad day for the Clinton County officers as they lost a dear friend and colleague in a crossfire on March 6, 2018.

Broadcastify captured scanner communications between police dispatchers and the officers. "We are still investigating on how it transpired as far as giving the residence that the officers were sent to, but that will be part of the continuing investigation".

Stosberg said the cause of the suspect's death is under investigation.

This story has been corrected to reflect that it was an officer, but not the dispatcher, who was urging the dying officer to "stay with us". The other two officers sustained non-life threatening wounds, authorities said.

In November, Waters was arrested in Harrisonville for unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

When the officers entered the home, Lowe said they were doing what they were supposed to and that Widger's comments could not be taken at "face value". "Especially for this community, they're going to have to have another healing process take place", Lowe said.

Tammy Widger, 37, who lived at the home, was charged on Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and maintaining a public nuisance.

. He has pleaded not guilty.

Officer Gary Michael was killed during a traffic, initiating a manhunt for suspect Ian McCarthy. Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty.



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