Police say that almost as soon as officers responded to a disturbance call just after 5 a.m., the suspect of the disturbance began shooting, striking Snyder. A second officer returned fire, wounding the suspect.
The officer was shot at point blank range after the Officer told the suspect to show his hands. The suspect shot the officer and the officer returned fire. The suspect was shot several times and was critically injured. The officer was mortally wounded.
“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. The suspect produced a pistol and he shot Ofc. Snyder point-blank. It was an immediately fatal wound.”
Another officer was on the scene almost immediately as is protocol that officers answer calls in pairs at the current time.
The 33-year-old officer, Blake Snyder, had four years of service with the St. Louis County Police Department.
The suspect was 18 years old and does have a narcotics case pending on him according to the Chief of Police.
The St. Louis County Police Department posted he following to its Facebook Page:
We are sadden to report the death of Officer Blake Snyder today. Ofc. Snyder was a 4yr veteran and leaves behind a wife and son. He will always be in our hearts. Please make all donations to Backstoppers.