James Waters: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


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Police say James Waters, left, is dead after shooting and killing Clinton, Missouri Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton. Two other officers were also shot but survived.

James Waters has been identified as the suspect who shot and killed one Clinton, Missouri police officer, and injured two others.

The officers were responding to a 911 call made by two women whose screams were described as “frantic.”

Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, named as the officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Two women who could be heard screaming in the background of the 911 call, and officers arrived at the home approximately five minutes after it came through. Authorities were then shot at by the suspect and began to engage the man.

Waters was found deceased inside of the residence, according to authorities.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Police Say Waters Shot & Killed an Officer After Responding to a Desperate 911 Call

At approximately 9:20 p.m. on March 6, the Clinton County 911 call center received a frantic call with two women frantically screaming in the background, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Lowe told reporters. When Morton and two other officers responded to the call, they were met with gunfire at the residence. Lowe stated the following at a press conference:

At some point in time in that interaction they [police officers] were shot at by the suspect from inside the residence. After doing so the officers engaged with the suspect. They ended up going inside the residence to attempt to apprehend the suspect, and at that point in time the suspect shot and killed one of the Clinton police officers and wounded two other officers. After getting those officers out from the residence, they were transported to the hospital and treated for their injuries.

2. This Was Not Waters’ First Run-In With the Law, & He Previously Served Prison Time

According to court documents, Waters has had multiple run-ins with police and served several stints in prison.

He was convicted of crimes including robbery in 1999, drug possession in 2009 and the latest charge of resisting arrest in 2013.

3. ‘#FreeMyDaddy’: Daughter to Suspect’s Facebook Account in 2014

In 2014, a girl who identified herself as Waters’ daughter posted to the man’s Facebook page, insinuating that her father was locked up. She posted:

Haaaaay daddy !! I miss you soo much ! We may not b the closes buh I love u wit all my heart !!!! U got a big head lol buh I can’t wait till u come home !!!!

I’ll see u later sucka mawuh

4. Another Clinton Police Officer Was Killed Only 7 Months Prior

Lowe stated at a press conference that “seven months to the day” prior to Morton’s killing, another officer was killed in the line of duty.

Officer Gary Michael was killed during a traffic, initiating a manhunt for suspect Ian McCarthy.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against McCarthy.

5. Morton Was Described as a Kind Person, & Served the Department Since 2015