ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - The 18-year-old charged in the death of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder remains in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch said the suspect, Trenton Forster, is expected to survive. At a news conference Thursday afternoon, McCulloch said Forster was being charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. His bail was set at $1 million.
Forster already has a felony marijuana charge against him from a prior case.
Based on social media, Forster recently moved to the area from Hannibal, Missouri and at some point attended high school in the Lindbergh School District.
On Forster's public Twitter account, he has written a lot about drugs, and shared some harsh anti police comments, including one saying, "I want f*** the police carved into my grave."
Neighbors on the street where Forster lived said they noticed more cars at the house where the shooting happened.
One neighbor said it seemed that the house was becoming a hangout or party house for teens.
Officer Blake Snyder, 33, and his partner were responding to a disturbance call at around 5am Thursday morning in Green Park. Police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the 18-year-old had a relationship with a girl who lived in the house in the 10700 block of Arno Drive. Someone called for help when he demanded to be let in.
Police believe that Snyder encountered Forster in a vehicle. They say the suspect shot the officer when he asked to see his hands. Investigators say it was an, "immediate fatal wound."
Snyder's partner returned fire, hitting him several times, critically injuring Forster. Officer Snyder was also critically wounded in the shoot-out. He died from his injuries.
Forster is currently at the hospital. He is being treated for his gunshot wounds and is expected to survive.
Police are still trying to determine how the teen got the gun. They want to know the motive behind the shooting.
Prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch says Forster is not in high school and currently unemployed.