CHESTER, IL (KPLR) – Residents of Chester, Illinois, are mourning the loss of a young police officer. Chester Police officer James Brockmeyer, 22, was killed Friday night in a crash during a police pursuit.
A manhunt is on for the person the officer was chasing. Chester Police say that person is Jason Michael Stoker, 34, of Chester.
Brockmeyer had been with the police department for ten months. He was also a volunteer firefighter.
Chester Police, Illinois State Police, and the Randolph County State’s Attorney officials are releasing details regarding what happened.
Officer Brockmeyer is survived by his parents and a sister.
Officials say the pursuit took place after Jason Michael Stoker failed to pull over in a traffic stop. He is facing charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding… with the possibility of other charges.
Police say Stoker was driving a 2006 red Pontiac G6 with Illinois license plate Z121833. Saturday night, Stoker was not in police custody.
Officials say Officer Brockmeyer’s vehicle overturned south of Union School Road in Randolph County, and he was trapped in the wreckage.
Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey said, “Things that come to mind about Officer Brockmeyer include his motivation. He was a very motivated employee, very dedicated and enthusiastic about the job. In fact before he was even hired here he was part of the ride-along program.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jason Michael Stoker is asked to call Randolph County Sheriff’s Department at 618-826-5484, or Illinois State Police at 618-542-2171.