Slain St. Louis County Officer Leaves Behind Wife, 2-Year-Old Son

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis County police officer who was shot early Thursday morning in South County has died.

Blake Snyder (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department)

Blake Snyder (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department)

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said at a news conference Thursday morning that Officer Blake Snyder, 33, was shot point-blank by with a pistol.  Trenton Forster, 18, has been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in Snyder’s death.

Standing near of row of St. Louis County Police officers killed in the line of duty, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar gives details of a shooting death of Officer Blake Snyder 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

Standing near of row of St. Louis County Police officers killed in the line of duty, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar gives details of a shooting death of Officer Blake Snyder during a press conference in Clayton, Missouri on October 6, 2016. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Snyder was responding to a disturbance call in a neighborhood near South County Mall.

Forster is involved in a felony narcotics case, police said, and Snyder was involved in that case.

Forster is hospitalized in stable condition.

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

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

Belmar said he was a “great guy,” dedicated and a very good police officer.

There were no dashboard or body cameras, the chief said, and warrants are imminent in the case.

County Executive Steve Stenger released the following statement:

“We are truly saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our brave St. Louis County Police Officers. I offer my condolences to the policeman’s family, friends and fellow officers.

This demonstrates the extreme danger that first responders face every day. Our police have my steadfast support and I pledge to do everything I can to provide them with all the resources they need to ensure their safety.

I ask the residents of St. Louis County and the entire St. Louis Metropolitan area to keep all of our police officers in their thoughts and prayers.”

BackStoppers is assisting the family of Snyder. Here’s how you can help:

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