A 26-year-old North Carolina man charged with murder for shooting a call in North St. Louis County on Sunday killed one Missouri officer, police said Monday.
Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks, 26, was also charged with armed crimes, illicit possession of a firearm, and resistance to arrest. Policeman Michael Langsdorf, who has been with the North County Police Cooperative for three months, responded to a check report at a grocery store on Sunday when Meeks shot him, police said.
The police added that Meeks was trying to cash the wrong check.
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North County Police Co-operative Major Ron Martin, who introduced himself as a friend of Langsdorf and held back tears, told reporters on Monday that he had known the officer for 20 years.
"Mr. Meeks successfully executed a policeman yesterday and a good one, "said Martin.
North County Police Cooperative chief John Buchanan told reporters that Langsdorf responded to the Clay Wellston Food Market restaurant, which is about a 1
Martin told reporters Monday when Langsdorf faced Meeks in the marketplace, they had a fight between them, "adding that" the entire incident was recorded on a surveillance video. "
Martin told reporters that he had seen the surveillance video and described what he saw.
"At some point Officer Langsdorf was on top of Meeks. I do not know how Mr. Meeks saw the video, but he pulled a gun from his waistband and beat Off Officer Langsdorf on the side of his head a few times, causing Officer Langsdorf to be a bit dizzy and grip lose to Mr. Meeks, "said Martin.
"Mr. Meeks got up and stood over Officer Langsdorf as Officer Langsdorf lay face down and belly down on the floor, "Martin continued.
"Mr. Meeks had the weapon in his hand, set the gun on his back, aimed the gun at the back of Officer Langsdorf's head and fired a shot, "Martin said as he became emotional and his colleagues comforted him.
said Martin after Meeks shot Langsdorf in the neck, Meeks fled on foot "with the gun in hand" and was caught shortly thereafter by auxiliary officials.
Martin said when Meeks was arrested, "He was armed with the gun he used to murder Officer Langsdorf."
Policeman Langsdorf has 17 years of experience, according to a post on the North County Police Cooperative Facebook page.
"Michael was a great cop. In his short time in our department, he has taken our young officers under his wing and taken care of them and guided them, "Buchanan said Monday to reporters SAY
He added," When we met for the first time, said He said to me several times: 'I just wanted to become a policeman and do police work. That was really everything I knew. & # 39; He told me that several times. "
" He [Langsdorf] had a lot of police experience. You never thought that this kind of policeman would have been put in that position, but it happened, "Martin told reporters Monday. "There are no routine calls, these are the dangers our police officers face in this community every day."
He added, "I can tell you that Mike was a pretty big part of us, even though he was short here. "
Martin According to a post on the North County Police Cooperative's Facebook page, officials interviewed Meeks and" finally confessed to murdering Langsdorf. "
" Meeks remains in custody, NOT BOND ALLOWED "
The police said Meeks has an extensive criminal history and is a multiple convicted criminal in North Carolina.
According to Fox News, Meek's criminal history includes numerous convictions for possession or sale of narcotics.
We never had one In the four years we've been here and never been killed on duty, an officer has fired, "said Martin.  "It's hard to get everything under control," he added.
Langsdorf left behind two children, a fiancé and his parents.
"The North County Police Cooperative asks you to keep the family, friends and associates of PO [Police Ofiicer] Langsdorf in your thoughts and prayers. Read the North County Police Cooperative Facebook Post.
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Buchanan told reporters Monday the North County Police Cooperative will support Langsdorf's family.
"Our department will put our arms around you and support you during this difficult time," Buchanan said to Langsdorf's family.