South County, St. Louis Missouri-
A St. Louis County police officer, who was shot this morning as he got out of his patrol car, has died.
The officer was identified as Blake Snyder, 33. The suspect shot Snyder once in the chin at very close range, said County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire.
A second officer then shot the suspect, an 18-year-old man, who remains in critical condition.
According to reports and the press conference, police officers were called about 5:04 a.m. this morning, for a disturbance in the 10700 block of Arno Drive, in Green Park. A man was banging on the doors of a house. Reports also stated that the man had been in a relationship with a girl who lived in the house and that someone there called for help when he demanded to be let in.
Officer Snyder’s last radio message was that he had arrived at the location. The suspect apparently was sitting in the driver’s seat of a car when Snyder pulled up, said St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar. Belmar also stated, Snyder couldn’t see the man’s hands and apparently ordered him to show them. The man pulled a gun and fired.
Shortly after the shooting, reports stated that both the officer and suspect were “in bad shape.” Police later said that Officer Snyder had died.
In a press conference, police Chief Jon Belmar called Snyder a “tremendous police officer” and said it had been a “tough day.”
Snyder is the 10th St. Louis County officer to be killed in the line of duty since the department’s inception in 1955. The most recent occurred on Halloween night in 2000, when Sgt. Richard Weinhold, 44, was shot during a disturbance call.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Snyder family and to the entire St. Louis County Police Department and their families. Thank you for all that you do for our communities and may God bless you and comfort you in the difficult time ahead.
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