ST. LOUIS, Mo. - An already tough day for law enforcement in our area grew more difficult after a crash involving two motorcycle officers. The crash happened during a procession as the officers were escorting the body of slain North County Police Cooperative officer Michael Langsdorf from one funeral home to another.
The procession left a funeral home in Olivette at around 2:30 p.m. to take the body to another funeral home in St. Louis City. The accident happened around 3 p.m. The officers and their motorcycles were down on Landsdowne near Jamieson Avenue. The accident happened about a quarter of a mile from Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary.
St. Charles County Police Chief David Todd said the two police officers--one from St. Charles County and the other from Webster Groves--were ahead of the procession working to stop traffic when they bumped into each other during the congestion and went down.
Dozens of first responders were on-scene to help because they were involved with the procession.
From Bommarito Automotive SkyFox at the scene, it appeared the officer from Webster Groves was able to walk following the accident. The Webster Groves officer has not been identified. We're told he suffered road rash.
The more seriously injured officer was identified as Corporal Rob Bell from the St. Charles County Police Department. He was shielded by fellow officers as first responders tended to his injuries and then loaded into the ambulance and rushed to the hospital.
Cpl. Bell may have suffered a broken leg and is being monitored for a head injury, Todd said. Bell's wife, who is a police officer with the Wentzville Police Department, is by his side.
Bell has about 10 years with the department and Todd said he's an experienced motorcycle officer.
The Webster Groves officer was hospitalized in stable condition.
North County Police Cooperative officer Langsdorf was shot and killed Sunday afternoon while responding to a call about an individual attempting to pass a bad check at a Wellston market. Langsdorf was 40. He's survived by two children, a fiance, parents, and an enormous amount of friends and family.
Authorities announced Monday that 26-year-old Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks was charged in Langsdorf's murder. Meeks, who police said confessed to the crime, was jailed without bond.
Assistant Police Chief Ron Martin said authorities believe Meeks arrived in the St. Louis area from the Raleigh, North Carolina area in January. Martin said Meeks has "an extensive criminal record, and violent."
Funeral arrangements for Officer Langsdorf:
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary
6464 Chippewa Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63109
Monday, July 1, 2019
Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
4431 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63108
(Immediately following Funeral Service)
6901 MacKenzie Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63123