Slain Police Officer's Son Received a Very Special Early Christmas Gift

The toddler son of St. Louis police officer Blake Snyder, who was killed earlier this fall, has two very special new friends to play with. A friend took the officer’s uniforms and made them into two cuddly teddy bears for his son, Malachi.

Officer Snyder was killed while on duty in the early morning hours of October 6th:

Officer Blake Snyder and his partner were responding to a disturbance call at around 5am on October 6th in Green Park. Forster had a relationship with a girl who lived in the house in the 10700 block of Arno Drive. Someone called for help when he demanded to be let in.

Police believe that Snyder encountered Forster in a vehicle. They say the suspect shot the officer when he asked to see his hands. Investigators say it was an, “immediate fatal wound.”

Snyder’s partner returned fire, hitting him several times, injuring Forster. Officer Snyder was critically wounded in the shoot-out. He died from his injuries.

A fundraiser held for Officer Snyder raised over $175,000.