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Neighbor: Police begged to tend to dying Missouri officer

The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A man suspected of fatally shooting one Missouri officer and wounding two others refused to let officers tend to the dying officer for hours.

This undated photo released by Clinton Police Department shows officer Christopher Ryan Morton. Morton was fatally shot and two other officers injured while trying to apprehend the suspect after responding to a 911 call at a Missouri residence on Tuesday night, March 6, 2018. A SWAT team entered the home early Wednesday but found the suspect dead. (Clinton Police Department via AP)

The Kansas City Star reports that a dispatcher can be heard talking to Clinton Officer Christopher Ryan Morton soon after he was wounded Tuesday night. Morton says on the radio traffic that he’d been hit “multiple times” and that he doesn’t think he can make it out of a window. The dispatcher begs Morton to “stay with us.”

The Star reports that the suspect, James Waters, barricaded himself inside the home and exchanged gunfire with the dozens of officers who eventually arrived. Neighbor Sheryl Long says officers begged Waters during the standoff to let them tend to the fallen officer.

By the time officers got to Morton hours later, he was dead, along with Waters. Waters had been in and out of prison multiple times for mostly drug-related convictions.