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Neighbors: Trenton Forster's father threatened police and fire personnel

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Photo courtesy of St. Louis County Police Department. Photo courtesy of St. Louis County Police Department.

Trenton Forster is accused of killing St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder. Now News 4 has learned new details about the 18-year-old’s family.

Neighbors allege that William Forster has also threatened to harm police and firefighters.

Court records we obtained show that William Forster's neighbors were so afraid of him, they sought orders of protection against him. In the past two years, police have been called to William Forster's home more than half a dozen times. The calls included problems with Trenton Forster and a theft from William Forster’s home, involving one of Trenton’s friends.

Forster lives in south St. Louis County, not far from where Officer Snyder was killed.

But one situation on July 4 last year really caught our eye.

In court documents filed earlier this month, two of Forster's neighbors, one of whom is a St. Louis County police officer, summarized the events. They are only allegations, but based on the information provided, a judge granted the neighbors’ requests for orders of protection.

The documents say William Forster assaulted a pizza delivery driver, then was brandishing a loaded shotgun in the street. They say Forster threatened to kill police and fire personnel. The documents also say Forster shouted to police to shoot him or he would shoot police.

News 4 Investigative Reporter Lauren Trager went to Forster's home. But unlike the day after the shooting when Bill Forster offered words of condolence and apology, this time, Forster wouldn't to talk to us about whether he threatened harm to police officers.

There are official police documents that shed more light on what happened that night. St. Louis County police told News 4 the investigative copy of the police report is closed, citing a specific exception to open records laws regarding confidential sources.

On the very same day we tried to get the records, the courts also sealed the police report, citing a “reason that the report contains psychological medical information of a non-party."

News 4 is appealing both denials of the records.

The neighbors who filed the orders of protection told the court that Bill Forster has sent threatening messages in the past. They feel he's capable of hurting them.

Trenton Forster has pleaded not guilty to murder and armed criminal action. His next court date is December 6.

News 4 requested an interview with Trenton Forster through jail officials, but he declined. 

Officer Snyder's family did speak, however. 

In a statement, Officer Snyder’s sister-in-law Shannon Hoerle wrote:

“As a family, our hearts are heavy to hear this new information come to light. But just as love breeds love, hate also breeds hate. We are standing behind the criminal justice system and praying that we find justice for Blake. We know this will be a long process, but we also have faith that the prosecutors are diligently working to build a solid case. We continue to thank the community for their unwavering love and support as we heal from this profound loss.”

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