St. Louis County

St. Louis County to Hire Additional 110 Police Officers Starting Next Year

Photo: KMOV via ktla.com

Photo: KMOV via ktla.com

St. Louis County is poised to hire an additional 110 police officers to add to their existing 890 officers starting early next year.

The ability to hire more officers comes as voters in the area recently approved a half-cent sales tax increase. The tax is expected to add an additional $80 million per year in revenue.

Police Chief Jon Belmar said he hopes the additional police officers will lead to a "reduction in crime."

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St. Louis County Police Officer Shot, Killed in Thursday Morning Shootout

Officer Blake Snyder;  Photo: via fox2now.com

Officer Blake Snyder; Photo: via fox2now.com

A St. Louis County police officer has died from injuries sustained in a shootout Thursday morning. 

Officer Blake Snyder, 33, and his partner had responded to a disturbance call in the 10700 block of Arno Drive when they encountered the suspect seated in the driver's side of a vehicle. 

Almost immediately, the suspect opened fire on Officer Snyder. Snyder's partner returned fire, wounding the 18-year old suspect. 

Officer Snyder did from his injuries. He was a four year veteran of the force and leaves behind a wife and young child.

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MO Officer Remains in Critical Condition Following Thursday Accident

Officer Craig Tudor;  Photo: Hazelwood Police Dept.

Officer Craig Tudor; Photo: Hazelwood Police Dept.

A St. Louis-area police officer remains in critical condition following a head-on vehicle accident on Thursday. 

Hazelwood Police Officer Craig Tudor, 37, was traveling to a call for service when he was struck by another vehicle and sent off an embankment. 

Officer Tudor's patrol vehicle flipped before coming to rest. Fire personnel had to cut Officer Tudor out of the vehicle before he was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Reports indicate that Officer Tudor suffered spinal fractures and has undergone surgery.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Officer Tudor's recovery. 

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Man Shot and Killed After Breaking Into Off-Duty Cop's Home Over Black Lives Matter Argument

Photo: St. Louis County Police

Photo: St. Louis County Police

A 20-year old man was shot and killed on Saturday by an off-duty Missouri police officer after the man broke into the officer's home. Authorities say that the man, identified as Tyler Gebhard, had been involved in an online argument with the officer, whom he knew through church, regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The argument apparently boiled over with Gebhard using a 50-pound concrete planter to break into the officer's home. The officer's family had to escape out of a rear window while the off-duty cop, a 3-year veteran of the St. Louis County police force, confronted Gebhard. 

Gebhard was shot three times and pronounced dead at a local hospital.  

Gebhard's uncle said that his nephew suffered from bi-polar disorder and often missed his medications, causing erratic behavior. 

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said of the incident, "I don’t think the officer had a choice, I honestly don’t."

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St. Louis Area Police Officer Injured in Overnight Shooting

A Hillsdale (MO) police officer is in stable condition following an overnight shootout with a suspect.

The incident unfolded after the 26-year veteran officer attempted to take an unidentified suspect into custody.

The suspect, 24-years old, instead produced a gun and fired at the officer, striking him twice. 

As the suspect fled, the officer returned fire and grazed the suspect, who was subsequently taken into custody.

The suspect was treated and released into police custody. The officer remains at a local hospital in stable condition. 

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