It’s the call that all friends and family who are police or who are married to a cop don’t want to get: a Law Enforcement Officer was killed in the line of duty last night. In the dark hours of the morning, October 6, 2016, that deadly reality hit home in the quiet St. Louis suburb of Green Park. St. Louis County Police officer Blake Snyder, 33 years old with a wife and a two year old, was shot and killed while answering a domestic disturbance call at 5 a.m.
The call itself was for the disturbance of an 18-year old man who was in a relationship with a woman at the residence banging on the door to be admitted. When Officer Snyder arrived and found the suspect in the passenger seat of a vehicle, he asked the suspect to show his hands. The suspect shot him point blank rather than comply, and was subsequently shot, but not killed, by another officer. Officer Snyder, it is reported, died almost immediately despite the best efforts of the medical staff at a local hospital. The officers were not wearing body cameras, but a witness gave the account, and a weapon used by the suspect was recovered at the scene.
For months now, with the flare of Black Lives Matter following police shootings of suspects who would not follow orders, officers have been targets in large metropolitan regions. That issue is more related to rejecting authority and the stoking of racial tensions stirred up by a receptive African-American, and liberal populace. In this case, both officers responding to the domestic disturbance call, and the suspect were white. The community where the shooting took place, about twenty miles from Ferguson, Missouri, that touched off the whole racial firestorm again, is a regular, suburban American working class kind of place. The house where it happened, however, is thought to be that of someone dealing drugs. Residents report increased police patrols in recent months.
In local reporting, we learn that the suspect – who is still in critical condition at a local hospital – gets shot a lot. He is a subject in an ongoing narcotics investigation which did involve Officer Snyder that appears to be unrelated. Ambush, then, has not been ruled out as a motive. BUT, the suspect is white. As is the officer. That makes the story, regardless of the outcome, not interesting on a national scale. It’s just regular police work.
Statement from County Executive Steve Stenger on the death of St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder
“…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….”
Warrants are due to be issued for the suspect in short order. This is the second time in the last three months that an officer was shot by a suspect in the line of duty in St. Louis County. Officer Mike Flamion of Ballwin, another suburban St. Louis town, was shot in the neck in July. He was left paralyzed from the incident, and is currently receiving treatment in a specialized hospital in Colorado.
Local non-profits are providing financial and other assistance to the families.
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