Behind the badge: More about the officer shot and killed in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - There is more to the officer who was shot and killed this morning in south St. Louis County than a sad statistic. Officer Blake Snyder was shot and killed by an 18-year-old suspect. He was an active church member, father and former IT worker.

Blake Snyder was a part of the community at Destiny Church in West County. Before he became a police officer, he was on their staff as the IT guy. He met and married Elizabeth at Destiny. They now have a 2-year-old.

Snyder became a policeman because Elizabeth's dad, Mike Sparks, was a police officer who died from cancer prematurely. Also, her brother, Justin Sparks, is a St. Louis County officer.

Would you like to help the officer's family? They have asked for donations to be sent through BackStoppers.

Police say they will not be setting up any crowdfunding sites like a GoFundMe account. Please do not click any links from people asking to donate there.

You can also mail a donation to:

The BackStoppers, Inc.
PO Box 795168
Saint Louis, MO 63179-0700