The Latest: Woman charged in death of Missouri officer

CLINTON, Mo. – The Latest news about a woman who is charged in the shooting death of a Missouri police officer (all times are local):

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A woman who is charged with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of a western Missouri police officer says they had no reason to believe that the officers were in danger when she left them in her house.

Tammy Widger was charged on Wednesday, March 6, the death of Clinton police officer Ryan Morton, who was gunned down by a man in Widger at home. The suspect, James Water, also wounded two other officers before he died of gunshot wounds.

Widger told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday from the Henry County jail, that she thought the Water was to leave the house to avoid the police. She says that she didn’t know Waters had a gun and was in the house with the officers when the shooting began.

Officers told her to go outside and when she did, she was beaten and arrested.


6:35 pm

A woman is now charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer killed last week.

The Kansas City Star reports that Tammy Dee Widger was charged Wednesday.

Her rental home was the site of the fatal shooting of Clinton officer Ryan Morton on 6 March. She had previously been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors say the murder is responsible, is added, because Morton was killed “as a result of” Widger the drug of the crime.

Morton was injured after being sent to the wrong house when responding to a 911 call from a different city. The suspect, James Water, then barricaded himself inside the house. By the time officers got to Morton hours later, he was dead, along with Water.


Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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