Troopers: Clinton officers mistakenly dispatched to Grandriver Street

UPDATE: Clinton officers mistakenly dispatched to Grandriver Street

CLINTON, Mo. - Update, 8:15 p.m.: Tammy Widger, 37, was in the house at the time of the shooting. She was charged today with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and maintaining a public nuisance.

A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed that a 911 call received by dispatch Tuesday night was traced back to Windsor, Missouri, a town 15 miles from Clinton and didn't originate at the home where Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was shot and killed by James Waters.

Dispatchers never spoke directly with the callers, but heard two women screaming. Trooper Bill Lowe said he is confident that that 911 call was not connected with the address in Clinton but law enforcement is still investigating how the 306 Grandriver St. address got attached to the call.

Officers were dispatched to the address they were given and knocked on the door. Apparently a woman named Tammy Widger answered and officers were able to enter the home.

While doing a protective sweep of the home to make sure there was no one there needing assistance, Lowe said Waters opened fire on the officers.

Morton was killed and two other officers were wounded.

Waters was under investigation for a rape that had occurred in the county, and had recently been interviewed by law enforcement in connection with the case.

Widger was arrested on drug charges, including intent to distribute. Lowe said law enforcement found evidence of drug activity inside the home. 

Lowe said they are still investigating how the Grandriver address mistakenly got tied to the 911 call out of Windsor. 

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