St. Louis County police officer shot Thursday morning dies from injuries

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Blake Snyder, 33

Blake Snyder, 33

SOUTH COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder, 33, was killed while responding to a disturbance call Thursday morning. He leaves behind a wife and young child.

Police say in a release to the media, "It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that our officer has died from his injuries. The officer was 33 years old and had served St. Louis County for the past four years."

The officer and his partner were assigned to the Affton Southwest Precinct, and responded to a call for a disturbance in the 10700 block of Arno Drive.  That address is located in  Green Park.

St. Louis County Chief Belmar believes that the Officer Snyder encountered the 18-year-old suspect in the driver's seat of a vehicle.  Snyder asked to see his hands.  The suspect immediately opened fire, striking the officer.  His partner returned fire and wounded the suspect.  The police officer was also critically wounded in the shoot-out.  He died from his injuries.

A witness, Jack Buck III, says he heard between 8 and 12 shots. He thought the loud noise may have been fireworks until he saw police lights outside. Another witness spotted a vehicle on Arno with the windows shot out.

Chief Belmar says the shooting has some of the characteristics of an ambush.  A gun was recovered from the scene.  There appears to be no video of the shooting.  Belmar says there was no dashboard camera in the police vehicle.

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St. Louis County Prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch will hold a press conference about the fatal shooting of a police officer at around 3:00pm. It is expected that charges will be filed against the suspect.

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Belmar: The suspect, 18, was involved in a felony narcotics case. Officer Snyder was also involved in that case. Not drawing any conclusions yet.

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There appears to be no video of the shooting. Belmar says there was no dashboard camera.

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Chief Belmar believes that the Officer Snyder encountered the suspect in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. Snyder asked to see his hands and the suspect shot the officer.

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The officer has been identified as Blake Snyder, 33.

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Statement from County Executive Steve Stenger:

“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.”

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St. Louis County Police have issued this release to the media:

It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that our officer has died from his injuries. 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 the death of Sergeant Richard Weinhold on October 31, 2000.

Further information will be disseminated at the press conference which has been delayed until 10:00 AM, at the St. Louis County Police Headquarters.

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Ambulance moving from the hospital followed by about 20 squad cars

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St. Louis County Police Chief Belmar will be giving an update during a press conference at 9:30am. We will be carrying it live on this website and our Facebook page. http://facebook.com/fox2now

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SkyFOX helicopter over St. Anthony’s hospital where the injured officer is at:  http://fox2now.com/traffic/bommarito-skyfox-helicopter/