One year ago today: St. Louis County Officer Blake Snyder killed on duty.
The 33-year-old officer, Blake Snyder, had four years of service with the St. Louis County Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and a 2-year-old son.
Officer Snyder, who served in the Affton Southwest Precinct, and another officer were responding to a disturbance call just after 5 a.m. on the 10700 block of Arno Drive when the shooting occurred, a spokesperson for the department told NewsChannel 5.
Police say the 18-year-old suspect, Trenton Forster, opened fire “almost immediately upon the officer’s arrival,” striking Snyder point blank. Chief Jon Belmar says the wound was immediately fatal.
Forster has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. He’s being held on a $1 million bond. He attended Lindbergh High School but withdrew in May of 2016. He lived on Sequoia Court in St. Louis, less than three miles from where the shooting happened.
Snyder was a 2001 graduate of Alton High School. Before becoming a police officer, he worked as a graphic designer at Destiny Church, where he met his wife Elizabeth.
Jim Stern, the lead pastor of Destiny Church, says everyone loved working with Synder. He says Snyder was a naturally quiet guy who was creative and had a great sense of humor.
“He showed up every day and delivered what he said he was going to do,” Stern said. “He made an incredible difference in so many people’s lives, just by doing that.”
The church remembers him of a man who was very trustworthy with great integrity.