The Moniteau County Sheriff's Office became aware of a shooting incident March 6 in Clinton, while monitoring emergency traffic from the Henry County Sheriff's Office and the City of Clinton Police Department.
The Sheriff's Office contacted the Henry County Sheriff's Office immediately and offered assistance. As a result, four Moniteau County deputies — Sheriff Tony Wheatley, Chief Deputy Joe Woods, Lt. Skyler Viebrock and Deputy James Wiecken — with Tipton Police Chief Ed Wiecken responded to Clinton to assist.
"Every deputy with the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office called in and volunteered to go and assist with this incident," County Sheriff Tony Wheatley said. "I want to thank all of the deputies for their willingness to sacrifice their safety to aid another law enforcement agency in their time of need.
"I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the Moniteau County community for their comments and support for, not only our department but, the Henry County Sheriff's Office and Clinton Police Department.
"This was a tragic event that affects all local law enforcement officers, their families and the community. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the family of Officer Morton and to the families of the other two officers who were injured in the line of duty.
"Our job is not an easy one, and when a fellow officer gives his life for his community, it touches everyone."