A St. Louis County police officer answering a disturbance call before dawn yesterday was shot to death by a teenager who was then critically wounded by a backup officer’s return fire, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Officer Blake Snyder, 33, was hit once in the chin. Police Chief Jon Belmar said: “It was an immediately fatal wound.” Trenton Forster, 18, of south St. Louis County, was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, with bail set at $1 million. The officers were dispatched about 5 a.m. to a home in Green Park. Forster allegedly had been beating on the door.
Forster he has written a lot about drugs on Twitter — from marijuana to ecstasy — with harsh language and anti-police commentary. In May, he wrote: “I want (expletive) the police carved into my grave.” In early September, he called the court system “twisted” and suggested he was “gonna have the last laugh.” He also made references to owning a gun, writing that, “The compact .40 (caliber) send all my enemies to hell,” and, in May, “There’s no name on a bullet.” He talks a lot about not feeling understood, and feeling worthless.