Colleagues and community remember brave Clinton Police Officer

Visitation for Christopher Ryan Morton is Sunday

Marc LaVoie
March 09, 2018 - 5:37 am

The Missouri police officer who was gunned down this week left his mark in Kansas City, like the Veteran's Administration Medical Center where 30-year-old Christopher Ryan Morton once worked as he served as a reserve police officer in Clinton.

Morton and two other officers were shot Tuesday night by an ex-convict after they were accidentally sent to the wrong address on a 911 call. The other officers are recovering.

VA Deputy Police Chief Gene Park said he has fond memories of working with Morton.

"Our hearts and our prayers go out to the community, the police department and to Chris's family," Park said.

In Clinton, a city of about 8,800 citizens, flags are flying at half staff and storefront windows bear blue stripes as a message of sympathy, solidarity and respect. The quiet displays mean a lot to Sonny Lynch, Clinton's Deputy Police Chief.

"It may seem like a little thing, but the symbolism for us, and that nod at us that we matter means a great deal to myself, my men and to the chief," Lynch said. 

Visitation for Officer Morton, is Sunday in Clinton at the Benson Convention Center, 1008 E. Sedalia Ave., from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. The funeral is Monday, also at the Benson Convention Center.

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