Fallen St. Louis County Police Officer Shot ‘Point-Blank’

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The slain St. Louis County police officer who was shot early Thursday morning in South County has been identified as 33-year-old Blake Snyder.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar gives details of a shooting death of Officer Blake Snyder as a photo of the officer is shown during a press conference in Clayton, Missouri on October 6, 2016. Belmar says that at 5:04 AM, on October 6, 2016, St. Louis County Police officers responded to a call for a disturbance. Upon officers’ arrival, the suspect of the disturbance opened fire, striking Snyder. A second officer on scene returned fire, striking the suspect. The officer was 33 years old and had served St. Louis County for the past four years. This is the first line of duty death for the St. Louis County Police Department since October 31, 2000. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar gives details of a shooting death of Officer Blake Snyder as a photo of the officer is shown during a press conference in Clayton, Missouri on October 6, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

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Snyder was shot point-blank with a pistol, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar. Trenton Forster, 18, has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in Snyder’s death.

Officer Snyder leaves behind a wife and a 2-year-old son.

Snyder served St. Louis County for the past four years.

St. Louis County Police officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct responded to a call for a disturbance in the 10700 block of Arno Drive around 5 a.m. Thursday.

According to police, almost immediately upon the officers’ arrival, Forster, a suspect in the disturbance, opened fire, striking Snyder once. A second officer on scene returned fire, striking Forster fives times. Forster was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

This is the first line of duty death for the St. Louis County Police Department since the death of Sergeant Richard Weinhold on October 31, 2000.

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