St. Louis County officer killed in shooting; suspect wounded

ST. LOUIS -- Police say a St. Louis County police officer was killed and a suspect critically injured in an exchange of gunfire.

Officer Blake Snyder, a 33-year-old officer, was fatally wounded during the pre-dawn shooting Thursday in Green Park, a small middle-class community in south St. Louis County.

Blake Snyder, a 4-year-veteran of the St. Louis Co. Police Dept. was killed Thurs. Oct. 6

Blake Snyder, a 4-year-veteran of the St. Louis Co. Police Dept. was killed Thurs. Oct. 6

A police spokesman, Benjamin Granda, says the suspect is undergoing "life-saving treatment" after being wounded by another officer.

Granda says that almost as soon as officers responded to a disturbance call just after 5 a.m., the suspect of the disturbance began shooting, striking the officer. A second officer returned fire, striking the suspect.

The suspect's name hasn't been released but police say he is an 18-year-old white male.

Officer Snyder was a four-year veteran of the department and served in the Affton Southwest precinct. He is married and has a two-year-old son.

Police say his is the first on-duty death of a St. Louis County officer since October 2000.

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A witness told KTVI he heard between 8 and 12 shots. The witness said he thought the loud noise may have been fireworks until he saw police lights outside.