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Police officer killed after being sent to wrong house
Two other officers injured in incident
By DAKIN ANDONE
(CNN) - A Missouri police officer killed this week in the line of duty met with gunfire only after he was dispatched to the wrong house, a Missouri Highway Patrol official said.
Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was shot dead late Tuesday at a home in Clinton, about 80 miles southeast of Kansas City, after dispatchers received a 911 call in which they only could hear two women screaming.
Two other officers, Nathan Bettencourt and Nicholas Kasper, also were injured in the shootout with James Waters, 37, according to the state patrol. A SWAT team later found Waters dead inside the home.
The three Clinton Police Department officers, however, shouldn't have been sent to the Clinton address because the 911 call originated from an address in nearby Windsor, Missouri, Sgt. Bill Lowe of the highway patrol said Wednesday during a news conference.
The 911 request was "somehow attached" to the Clinton site, which is about "14 or 15 miles" away from its origin in Windsor, Lowe said.
"As (for) the 911 call that came in, we were later able to determine that it was not from that residence in which they were responding to," Lowe said.
A computer system traced the call -- during which no one spoke directly to a dispatcher -- to Clinton instead of Windsor, Lowe said, adding that he could not speak to specifics about the call system.