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St. Louis County Officer killed in line of duty

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Officer Blake Snyder (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department) Officer Blake Snyder (Credit: St. Louis County Police Department)
Officers on the scene in the 10700 Arno (Credit: KMOV) Officers on the scene in the 10700 Arno (Credit: KMOV)
Emergency vehicles on the scene in the 10700 Arno (Credit: KMOV) Emergency vehicles on the scene in the 10700 Arno (Credit: KMOV)
18-year-old Trenton Forster has been charged with the murder of Ofc. Snyder. This is an older booking photo from a prior arrest. (Credit:KMOV). 18-year-old Trenton Forster has been charged with the murder of Ofc. Snyder. This is an older booking photo from a prior arrest. (Credit:KMOV).
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A St. Louis County officer died after being shot while responding to a call Thursday morning.

The officer, later identified as 33-year-old Blake Snyder, was called to the 10700 block of Arno in Green Park, which is located south of Affton, around 5:05 a.m. for a disturbance. 

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According to Officer Benjamin Granda, Trenton Forster, 18, fired at Ofc. Snyder, striking him, almost immediately after he arrived at the scene.

“From the time the suspect made it from the house to car, that’s where Ofc. Snyder encountered him,” St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. “Ofc. Snyder, we believe at this point in the investigation, gave the suspect some commands because he couldn’t see his hands. Forster produced a pistol and he shot Ofc. Snyder point-blank. It was an immediately fatal wound.”

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Another officer arrived to the scene and, after seeing the suspect shoot Ofc. Snyder, engaged Forster, who was alone in a vehicle, and fired several shots.

Ofc. Snyder was outside his vehicle when he was shot. 

Forster was shot multiple times in the upper body. He is in critical, but stable condition at a St. Louis hospital and is expected to survive. 

Around 9:20 a.m., the department confirmed the officer had died of his injuries.

“I would like to commend the Mehlville Firefighters who transported Ofc. Snyder, they did a great job of trying to resuscitate him,” Chief Belmar said. “I would like to commend the staff of St. Anthony’s Hospital who worked diligently on Ofc. Snyder for more than an hour.”

Police said they are not looking for any other suspects. They also said they are currently speaking to a person who witnessed the shooting.

Watch: Skyzoom 4 was over the ambulance as Ofc. Snyder was transported from the hospital

According to officials, a gun, believed to be a 9mm, was recovered at the scene. 

According to Sgt. Shawn McGuire, Ofc. Snyder was a four-year veteran of the department. 

“I’m tremendously proud of these police officers, you know that, I’m proud of what they do,” said Chief Belmar. “They work in an incredibly difficult environment on an ideal day, and at times, as we have seen, it is an environment that can be incredibly dangerous.”

Ofc. Snyder had a wife and 2-year-old son, according to Chief Belmar. He was 33-years-old.

“Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out, first and foremost to Blake Snyder’s family, but certainly the police officers that he worked with.”

This is the first line-of-duty death in the St. Louis County Police Department since October 31, 2000, when Sergeant Richard Weinhold was killed.

Chief Belmar said the suspect has a felony narcotics case, which Ofc. Snyder was involved in. 

There is no body or dashboard camera video of the shooting, police said.

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Chief Belmar said Ofc. Snyder was a "great guy" who he just saw last week at the Affton Days Parade. 

"[He was] dedicated, very good police officer, 33 years old, which meant he came into this field at 28 years old," said Chief Belmar. "I wouldn't have to know Ofc. Snyder to tell you that he is tremendously dedicated, that he's an outstanding police officer, and if you ask him why he's a police officer he would tell you without hesitation 'because I want to help people.'"

St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger issued the following statement following the shooting:

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.

Forster is facing charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. St. Louis County Prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, said additional charges may be filed.

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