Man wanted in connection with crash that killed Chester police officer in custody in St. Louis

CHESTER, IL (KPLR) – A man wanted in connection with the death of a young Randolph County police officer has been taken into custody. According to the Randolph County Sheriff, Jason Michael Stoker was apprehended late Tuesday afternoon in the St. Louis, Missouri area.

Chester Police Officer James Brockmeyer, 22, was killed Friday night in a crash during a police pursuit. Brockmeyer was pursuing Jason Michael Stoker, 34, after Stoker failed to pull over in a traffic stop.

Officials say Officer Brockmeyer’s vehicle overturned south of Union School Road in Randolph County, and he was trapped in the wreckage.

A manhunt was underway for Stoker. His red Pontiac G6 was located Saturday in Evansville, IL.

Stoker is facing charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding a peace officer with the possibility of other charges. Bond had previously been set at $250,000 on October 29. Stoker will remain in custody in Missouri until extradition proceedings are resolved.

Officer Brockmeyer had been with the Chester police department for ten months.  He was also a volunteer firefighter. He is survived by his parents and a sister.