The company says gave it the right address for officer’s death

CLINTON, Mo. – A phone company says that the database is not in the wrong Missouri address and the phone number of the police dispatchers leads to the recognition of three police officers, one fatally.

The police was warned, March 6, about a 911 call that two women could be heard arguing, but no comments to dispatchers. Clinton police officer Christopher Ryan Morton and two other agents were sent to a house in Clinton to respond to the 911 call. Inside the house, James Water fired at the officers, the killing of Morton and injuring the other two. Water was also fatally shot.

After the shootings, the officials determined the 911 call came from a house in Windsor, 20 miles (30 km) of Clinton, and that the women who are in the argument were not connected to the house in Clinton.

Mark Molzen, spokesman for CenturyLink, which provides a master address guide for aid workers in the area, said in an e-mail to The Kansas City Star Thursday that an internal investigation shows that, provided the appropriate phone number and address.

Henry County 911 Emergency Communications said in a statement on 9 March that they thought that the mistake was made in the master address guide.

On Thursday, Ken Scott, chairman of the county’s 911 communications, said that he has no reason to rise to the challenge of CenturyLink declaration. He suggested to the Henry County computer assisted dispatching and mapping system may have been unable to interpret and map the address. He said that the province recently launched an upgrade of its 911 system and complies with the Missouri highest level of service.

“We’re looking to see, what should we do to ensure that the mapping system is accurate,” Scott said.

A woman who lived in the house where the officers were shot, Tammy Dee Widger, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in Morton’s death. The costs were added to the previous drug charges because Morton was killed “as a result of” Widger alleged offences, Henry County prosecutors said.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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