A 26-year-old man from North Carolina has been charged with murder to shoot and kill a Missouri officer who responded to a call in North St. Louis County Sunday, police said Monday.
Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks, 26, has also been accused of armed criminal acts, illegal possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.
Officer Michael Langsdorf, who had been with the North County Police Co-operative for three months, responded to a poor food report on a food market on Sunday when Meek shot and killed him, police said.
The police added that Meeks was trying to pay the bad check.
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who introduced himself as a friend of Langsdorf's while holding back tears, told reporters Monday that he has known officer for 20 years.
"Mr. Meeks was successful in performing a policeman yesterday and a good one," Martin said.
John Buchanan, North County County Police Co-operative, told reporters that Langsdorf responded to Clay Wellston Food Market Restaurant approx. 1
Martin told reporters on Monday that when Langsdorf confronted Meeks inside the market, "a struggle arose between them both" added "the whole incident was captured on surveillance video."
Martin told journalists he saw the watch video and described what he saw.
"At one point, officer Langsdorf was on top of Meeks. I don't know how to watch the video, Mr. Meeks was able to do it, but he was able to pull a gun from his waist, beat officer Langsdorf on the side of the head a few times, causing Officer Langsdorf to be kind of a drowsiness and losing his team at Mr. Meeks, "Martin said.
"Mr Meeks was able to get up and stand over Officer Langsdorf as Officer Langsdorf was on the ground, face down, stomach down," continued Martin.
"Mr. Meeks had the gun in his hand, pointed the gun to the back, pointed the gun to the back of Officer Langsdorf's head, and fired a shot, "Martin said as he became emotional and his co-officers comforted him.
Martin said after Meek's shot Langsdorf in The neck, Meeks fled on foot "gun in hand" and assistant officials caught him shortly thereafter.
Martin said that when Meeks was arrested, "he was armed with the gun he used to murder the Officer Langsdorf."
Officer Langsdorf had 17 years of previous police experience, according to a post on the North County Police Co-operative's Facebook page.
"Michael was an excellent officer. In his short time with our department, he has taken our young officers under his wing and was a mentor and mentor," Buchanan told reporters on Monday.
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He added: "When we first met, he repeatedly told me:" All I wanted to be was a police officer and do the police work. It really was everything I knew how to do. & # 39; He told me many times. "
" He [Langsdorf] had a lot of police experience. You would never have thought that this type of police officer would have been in that position, but it happened, "said Martin to journalists on Monday." There is no such thing as a routine call. These are the dangers facing our police in this community every day. "
He added:" I can tell you that Mike was a pretty big part of us, even though he was here for a short time. "
Martin told reporters that officers interviewed Meeks and" ultimately he acknowledged to murder Officer Langsdorf. "
" Meeks remains in custody with no prohibition allowed ", according to a post at North County Police Co-operative & # 39; s Facebook page.
Police said Meeks has a comprehensive criminal history and is a multi-convicted felon in North Carolina.
According to criminal records obtained by Fox News, Mexico's criminal history contains many beliefs about possession or sale of drugs "We've never had an officer involved in shooting for the four years we've been here, and we've never had a police officer killed in the duty," said Martin.
"It's hard to get it all , "he added.
Langsdorf was left two children, a fiancée and his parents.
" The National Police Cooperative asks that you continue to keep the family, friends and colleagues of PO [Police Ofiicer] Langsdorf in your thoughts and prayers,
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Buchanan told reporters on Monday that The North County Police Co-operative will offer support to the Langsdorf family.
"Our department must wrap our arms around you and support you through this difficult time," Buchanan said, addressing Langsdorf's family.