Murder charge filed in Missouri officer's death

Murder charge filed in Missouri officer's death

Police believe Officer Blake Snyder faced the suspect after responding to a disturbance call near a home in St. Louis.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the shooting had all the characteristics of an ambush, CNN affiliate KTVI reported.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough told reporters that Trenton Forster was being held on $1 million bail. A second officer returned fire, wounding the suspect. Belmar didn't give further details about that case but said of the shooting, "I certainly wouldn't discount the fact that this was an ambush".

The shooting happened about 5:15 a.m.in the small municipality of Green Park in south St. Louis County.

St. Louis County Police Sergeant Shawn McGuire told the Post-Dispatch reporters that Snyder has been shot one time in the chin at "very close range".

Snyder approached Forster, by then sitting in a vehicle parked outside, and was shot "almost immediately", officials said.

Murder charge filed in Missouri officer's death

Charging documents say a witness saw the shooting and identified Forster as the gunman.

In May, he wrote: "I want (expletive) the police carved into my grave". The suspect was reportedly trying to get in the door of a home. "He was a true hero, who selflessly put his own life on the line to protect our families", she said in a statement. He didn't know if Forster had a past or present relationship with the girl. Snyder was a 2001 graduate of Alton High School who was originally from Godfrey.

Officers found a backpack containing three glass jars full of marijuana and "a large amount of USA currency".

Snyder, who Belmar said was a "great guy" and a dedicated cop, had worked at the St Louis County Police Department for four years. The most recent had been Sgt. Richard Weinhold, 44, shot to death on Halloween afternoon in 2000 at a disturbance call.

Forster and the officer who shot him are white, as was Snyder. The man pulled a 9 mm pistol and fired before being struck by the other officer's bullets. The family's attorney, Dale Golden, said that they noticed behavior changes with Luke, so Tiffany set up a nanny cam.

"He showed up every day and delivered what he said he was going to do", Stern said. Forster is in critical condition but expected to survive.

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