Missouri officer killed: He was dispatched to the wrong house, state patrol says

Two other officers, Nathan Bettencourt and Nicholas Kasper, also were injured in the shootout with James Waters, 37, according to the state patrol and CNN affiliate KSHB. 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.

Investigators by Wednesday had spoken with people involved in the 911 call and were confident they had nothing to do with the deadly shooting in Clinton, he said.

The address-tracing error will be investigated as part of an ongoing probe by the highway patrol, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the county’s prosecutor and the Clinton Police Department, Lowe said.

Officer at scene asks about 911 call

After dispatchers got the 911 call, the officers were sent to the home in Clinton where they encountered Waters.

There have been 16 officers shot to death in the first 9 weeks of this year

Waters opened fire when they arrived and barricaded himself inside the home. Morton, Bettencourt and Kasper returned fire and entered the residence, where Morton was killed, Lowe said.

In dispatch audio of the shooting obtained by CNN from scanner streaming service Broadcastify, an officer can be heard asking a dispatcher what was heard on the 911 call.

“We can just hear two females arguing,” the dispatcher responds. “We’re not sure what they were saying.”

A short time later, an officer can be heard saying, “Shots fired.” Morton, who sounds out of breath, tells dispatchers he’s in a back room of the home.

An officer asks Morton if he’s OK, and he says no, that he’s been shot in several places.

Bettencourt and Kasper were treated for bullet wounds — one in an arm and the other in a shoulder.

An autopsy will determine whether Waters shot himself or was killed by police gunfire, Lowe said.

Shooting overlaps other cases

Waters had been on the Clinton Police Department’s radar in connection with an alleged rape, Lowe said, adding that the rape claim is not related to the shooting incident.

Indeed, Clinton officers had tried to contact Waters on Tuesday about the rape case, Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields said. Shields did not say whether the parties spoke.

Waters’ daughter, Lakeviona Waters, told CNN affiliate KSHB that her father suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

“Something was really going on with my daddy,” she said. “And only if I would have reached out to him, then I wouldn’t have had him believing that I really hated him. I don’t think he would’ve did it.”

Separately, a resident of the Clinton home, Tammy Widger, 37, was charged Wednesday with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, alleging she had sold drugs from the home in the past, Shields said. She is in custody with her bond set at $25,000.

“At this point, there’s really no clear correlation” between the shooting and Widger’s alleged drug distribution, Shields added.

Morton ‘took his place’ after a comrade was killed

Morton died seven months to the day another Clinton officer was killed.

Manhunt launched in August after officer killed in Missouri

Officer Gary Michael, 37, was gunned down during a routine traffic stop after pulling over a vehicle for a suspected registration violation.

Morton had been with the Clinton Police Department for at least three years when he became a reserve police officer, Lowe said. But when Michael was killed, Morton “felt a calling to come back to the police department in a full-time capacity and applied to be a road officer again.”

“Did he take his place? Absolutely, he took his place,” Lowe told reporters. “The police department has endured a lot over the last seven months, and then to endure it again — it’s going to be difficult for them.”

CNN’s Joe Sutton, Faith Karimi and Sheena Jones contributed to this report.

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