SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (3/8/2018) In the wake of the tragic shooting death of one of Clinton's own police officers, the Greene County Sheriff's Office is taking action by helping both the community and the department pick up the pieces.
This weekend eight Greene County deputies will be heading to Clinton, along with six other nearby departments, offering their support to the Clinton police as they deal with the loss of Officer Christopher Ryan Morton.
"Anytime there is a tragedy in Missouri or somewhere close, we always offer our assistance," said Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott.
Deputies will take on some of the responsibilities of the Clinton officers by responding, giving the department time to grieve and regroup.
"It's really tough to get reorganized after an event like this. So, it's really tough to get reorganized in an event like that. It's so important not only to show support, but also support for the community that backs those officers as well," said Arnott.
According to Sheriff Arnott, one Greene County deputy is already in Clinton helping with funeral arrangements as he voluntarily left as soon as the shooting happened. While only eight deputies are scheduled to head out on Saturday, more could be following.
"We all support each other, we're all doing the same job just different geographical locations. We encounter the same dangers. So, we're there for each other. It's all about law enforcement working together," said Arnott.
At this time, Arnott says Greene County will stay for as long as they are needed.
Deputies will be heading out on Saturday, just in time to allow the Clinton community to pay their respects. Officer Morton's visitation will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Benson Center in Clinton with his funeral held at 11 a.m. Monday, also at the Benson Center.
A procession will follow the funeral, beginning at the Benson Center and ending at the Knob Noster Cemetery where Morton will be buried.