Police and Law Enforcement

Hundreds of police pay respects to Missouri officer shot dead

Officer Blake Snyder in an undated photo.

Officer Blake Snyder in an undated photo.  (St. Louis County Police Department via AP)

Hundreds of police officers from around the country turn out to pay their respects for a fallen St. Louis County officer.

The funeral for 33-year-old Blake Snyder was Thursday in Chesterfield. Ten pallbearers carried the flag-draped coffin inside the Family Church, followed by Snyder's widow, Elizabeth, and their 2-year-old son.

In addition to the large crowd at the funeral, hundreds of others lined the lengthy funeral procession route to a cemetery in Godfrey, Illinois. Massive American flags flew from fire truck ladders along the 50-mile route.

Snyder was fatally shot Oct. 6 after answering a disturbance call in south St. Louis County. A second officer returned fire, injuring the 18-year-old suspect, Trenton Forster, who remains hospitalized. Forster is charged with first-degree murder.