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Prosecutors upgrade, add additional charges for woman accused in death of Clinton police officer

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Tammy Dee Widger was charged Wednesday. (Henry County Sheriff's Office) Tammy Dee Widger was charged Wednesday. (Henry County Sheriff's Office)
CLINTON, MO (KCTV) -

A woman has now been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a western Missouri police officer. 

Tammy Widger previously was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Clinton police officer Ryan Morton. 

Along with the upgraded murder charge, she has now been charged with two counts of first-degree assault as a result of two additional officers being wounded. 

Court documents say Widger answered the door when officers arrived and said there was no disturbance and that she had not made a 911 call. Five officers went into the house to ensure no one was being harmed, authorities said.

James Waters is believed to have been the gunman in the case, but the prosecutor's office says with Missouri law, "an accessory" to the crime can be charged with the same offense.

"Although it is believed that James Waters actually shot the three police officers, Missouri law provides that if an accessory to a crime either before or during the commission of an offense, with the purpose of promoting the commission of that offense, aids another person in planning, committing or attempting to commit the offense, the accessory may be charged with the same offense," the Henry County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. 

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