By Brian Feldman, KMOX News

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The family of an 18-year-old man suspected of killing a St. Louis County police officer has issued a statement calling the teen a “lost soul.”

Trenton Forster was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 33-year-old officer Blake Snyder while Snyder was responding to a report of a disturbance. Forster is hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

The Forster family apologized to Snyder’s family by saying they can’t believe Trenton Forster would do something like this.

The statement reads in part: “We are extremely sorry for Officer Snyder’s wife and child and his entire family. We are praying for all of you. We apologize to the police community and the south county area where we grew up and appreciated as a safe place to call home. We can not believe Trenton would do something like this. … The lives of all the families involved are forever changed. We pray for God to give the families involved easing of their sorrow and strength to continue forward.”

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