ST. LOUIS (KPLR)- On Monday, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced that first-degree murder charges has been filed against former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jason Stockley in the shooting death of a drug suspect.
On December 20, 2011, police shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, at West Florissant and Acme after a mile-long chase through the area.
In a probable cause statement, prosecutors allege that Officer Stockley shot into Smith’s car at Riverview and Thekla in St. Louis then he and his partner, who was driving the SUV, chased Smith at speeds over 80 miles per hour. During the pursuit, the defendant is heard on an internal police car video saying “Going to kill this m/f, don’t you know it.”
As Smith’s car was slowing to a stop, Stockley is also heard telling the other officer to “Hit him right now,” at which point the driver slams the police SUV into the victim’s car. Stockley then approached Smith’s car on the driver’s side and shot five times into the car, striking Smith with each shot. He died as a result of the gunshot wounds. A gun was recovered from the victim’s car but was later determined by lab analysis to have only Stockley’s DNA on it.
St. Louis Police first requested that the U.S. Attorney’s Office review the case in 2012. Evidence was gathered, but no charges were filed. In March, 2016, SLMPD Internal Affairs investigators contacted the Circuit Attorney’s Office to review the matter with additional evidence developed through both the department and the FBI.
Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce believes she now has the evidence to pursue charges. The case will go to the Grand Jury.
The case against Stockley will be prosecuted by the Circuit Attorney’s Office’s Force Investigative Unit.