Woman accused in Clinton's officers death facing additional, upgraded charges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The woman charged in the murder of a Clinton, Mo police officer is facing additional and upgraded charges. 

Initially, Tammy Widger was charged with second-degree murder and drug-related charges. 

Now, she’s been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of assaulting an officer, along with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and keeping a public nuisance. 

Widger pleaded not guilty to the previous charges in Henry County court last month.

Ofc. Christopher Ryan Morton was killed after officers responded to the wrong address for a disturbance call on March 6. Widger allegedly answered the door and said nothing was wrong. The officers said they needed to come in and check anyway, since it was a disturbance call.

Morton and two other officers entered the residence. That's when officials say Morton was shot and killed and the two other officers were injured.

Police believe that shooter was James Waters, who was later found dead from a gunshot wound in the home. Officials haven't said if the gunshot was self-inflicted or fired by officers.


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