GREEN PARK, Mo. – A St. Louis County police officer died following an early morning shootout, the police chief confirmed Thursday.
The officer, Blake Snyder, 33, was a four-year veteran of the force who was assigned to the Affton Southwest Precinct. He leaves behind a wife and young son, according to the police department.
Snyder and his partner responded to a reported disturbance in the 10700 block of Arno Drive in the community of Green Park around 5 a.m., according to KTVI.
4 Fast Facts
- St. Louis County police officer dies from injuries he sustained in a shooting
- The 33-year-old and his partner were responding to a disturbance early Thursday morning
- The officer was critically wounded and died at the hospital
- He leaves behind a wife and young son
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said Snyder and his partner encountered the 18-year-old suspect in the driver’s seat of a vehicle; Snyder asked to see the suspect’s hands, and the suspect opened fire.
Snyder was critically wounded in the shootout and died from his injuries after being taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital. The suspect was also wounded in the exchange of gunfire and went to an area hospital in critical condition. The 18-year-old suspect was involved in a felony narcotics case, according to Belmar,
A witness told KTVI that he heard eight to ten shots; the man originally thought they were firecrackers until he saw police lights outside. Another witness saw a vehicle with the windows shot out.
Belmar said it didn’t appear that there was video of the shooting; there was no dashboard camera and the officers weren’t wearing body cameras.
Snyder’s death and the circumstances surrounding it remain under investigation.
Snyder is the first officer killed in the line of duty for the department since Oct. 31, 2000.