Funeral service held for slain police officer Ryan Morton in Clinton, Missouri

March 12, 2018 - 12:06 pm

Clinton, MO - Police officer Christopher Ryan Morton was honored at a funeral service in this mid-Missouri town, six days after being shot to death while responding to what may have been a domestic disturbance.  Two other officers were wounded by gunfire.

Among family and friends in attendence, representatives from multiple law enforcement agencies came to the service, including Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. 

The funeral service was streamed live:

Morton is being buried in Knob Noster, Missouri where he grew up.


At a candlelight vigil Sunday night, Morton’s family thanked the community for the outpouring of support shown after his death.

"Now I know why my son loved this town so much," said Darrel Morton, Officer Morton's father. "It's a great town. And he loved being a police officer. And I want to thank the Clinton PD."

Officer Morton re-joined the Clinton Police Department as a full-time officer following the death of Officer Gary Michael just seven months ago. Officer Morton and Officer Michael had been friends.

Before returning to Clinton, Morton served as a police officer at Kansas City’s VA Hospital.

“He was straightforward,” said Deputy Chief Gene Parker. “He was honest, and he just had that character about him where you could immediately have that rapport. And that’s what worked really well here.”

In 2005, Morton joined the Army National Guard Unit 1141st Engineer Company; he was a 12 Bravo-Combat Engineer. With the National Guard, he completed a tour to Kosovo, and was also activated to support relief efforts in Joplin, Mo. after the devastating tornado in 2011.

Morton then served in Afghanistan in 2014.

After returning home, Morton worked for the Clinton Police Department as a reserve officer, and then at the Kansas City VA.

Days after his death, Morton was scheduled to be initiated as a member of the Clinton Elks Lodge.

KMBC contributed to this report


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