Wed, Oct

Officer's Parents Awarded $1.625 Million in a Settlement


The parents of Officer Christopher Morton who died in an ambush in Clinton Missouri in 2018 was awarded $1.625 million dollars by Judge William Collins. Darrel and Tara Morton will receive $926.442.17 from the settlement and the rest will go to lawyers. 

The lawsuit was against Henry County's 911 dispatch center and the software companies Caliber Public Safety and INteract Public Safety Systems.  The parents accused dispatchers of mistakenly sending Morton and three other officers to an address on West Grandriver Street in Clinton on March 6, 2018, for a domestic dispute. The call for the dispute came from Windsor which was about 20 miles away and allegedly the dispatchers gave the officers the Grandriver address due to a previous call made to serve papers there. 
When the officers went to the address to look into the dispute, James Waters ambushed the officers and shot them. Morton died and the other officers were injured and Waters was shot and killed in the gunfight. 

Tammy Widger, who was also in the home, plead guilty to second-degree murder for Morton's death and possession of a controlled substance. The defendants claimed they did nothing wrong.