CLINTON, Mo. — The Clinton police officer killed in a shootout Tuesday had just returned to the force last fall to fill in for the loss of Ofc. Gary Michael, the officer killed in a traffic stop shooting in August 2017.
Ofc. Christopher Ryan Morton, 30, was an Army veteran who served two tours and was a member of the Missouri Army National Guard. He joined the Clinton Police Department in 2015, then left in early 2017 for a job at the VA in Kansas City.
Michael would've been a fresh face at the department when Morton decided to take the VA job. With the help of a Gladstone police officer, Michael completed the academy and got a job with the Clinton Police Department about a year before the August 6 shooting that took his life.
Morton stayed on as a reserve officer during his time in Kansas City. He came back to the force full-time in late September 2017, just a few weeks after Michael's death.
Before his time behind the badge, Morton was honored at a 2014 Royals game for his service overseas. Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie presented him with a plaque and posted on Twitter about the ceremony.