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.
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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