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Woman charged in connection with a Missouri police officer death

Authorities say Tammy Dee Widger, 37, is facing felony murder in connection with the death of a police officer.

(Henry County Sheriff’s Office)

A 37-year-old woman was charged with the offence of murder Wednesday in connection with last week’s shooting death of a Clinton, Mo., police-officer.

Authorities said Tammy Dee Widger is not directly killing Officer Ryan Morton, but is charged in connection with his death, because the shooting was the result of a drug-related crime for that Widger was previously charged, the Kansas City Star reported.

Clinton is about 76 miles southeast of Kansas City, Mo.

Morton was killed in Widger the Clitnon house after he and four other officers went there, March 6, in response to a 911 call. The authorities later determined that the officers had gone to the wrong address.

Woman in the house where Ofc. Morton was killed now for the 2nd degree murder charges https://t.co/GqYSjVXjwc pic.twitter.com/k1sC9h8W0G

— FOX 4 News (@fox4kc) March 14, 2018

When the agents arrived at Widger home, she told them that she had not called 911 and that there was nothing wrong, but the officers entered anyway, because they respond to a distress call, authorities said.

That is when James Waters, 37, who was in the house, opened fire on the officers, authorities said.

Morton was mortally wounded and four other officers escaped, but the officers were not able to find medical attention for Morton as a firefight continued with the Water, authorities said.

Hours later, when a police SWAT team entered the house, they found Morton and Waters both dead.

During the execution of a search warrant on the property, police found Widger purse, which they said contained what appeared to be marijuana, methamphetamine and pills, Kansas City, Fox 4 reported.

Authorities said Widger allowed to help Waters in the distribution of methamphetamine, and she was charged accordingly, the station reported.

Widger appeared in court 8 March in connection with the drug charges and remained in custody on a bond raised to $100,000.

She is scheduled to return to the court on 6 April, the Star reported, noting that no attorney had yet been appointed to her case.

Morton’s funeral was held on Monday in Clinton, with thousands of police and military members, in the presence of the newspaper.

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