Oct. 06–A 33-year-old police officer who formerly resided in the metro-east died following an early-morning shootout in south St. Louis.
Police said the officer served St. Louis County for four years. Police said the officer, Blake Snyder, leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old son.
Benjamin Granda, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police, said this is the first line-of-duty death for the St. Louis County Police Department since the death of Sgt. Richard Weinhold on Oct. 31, 2000.
A civilian also suffered gunshot wounds in the exchange of gunfire, which happened about 5 a.m. Thursday in the 10700 block of Arno Drive.
From a St. Louis County Police press release:
St. Louis County Police officers from the Affton Southwest Precinct responded to a call about a disturbance. Almost immediately upon officers’ arrival, the suspect of the disturbance opened fire, striking an officer.
A second officer returned fire, striking the suspect, who is 18. The suspect also suffered serious injuries.
The officer and the suspect were taken to local hospitals. Police announced after 9:15 a.m. that the officer had died.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the disturbance call involved a man who was banging on the door of a home and demanding to be let in.
TV station KMOV reported that the officer is 33 years old and has four years of experience. Photos of the scene on KMOV showed a large police presence after the shooting.
Chief of Police Jon Belmar planned to hold a press conference at 10 a.m.
Brad Hasquin, a football coach at Granite City High School, tweeted Thursday morning that Snyder played football for him at Alton.
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