POLICE: A 'good cop' was executed by suspect with violent criminal history

"Mr. Meeks was successful in executing a cop yesterday, and a good one." – Maj. Ron Martin, North County Police Cooperative

June 23, 2019 - 5:41 pm
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WELLSTON, Mo. (KMOX) - Details of the incident where a North County Police Cooperative officer was shot and killed in Wellston Sunday afternoon were released by police, Monday.

Bonette K. Meeks, 26, was charged with the murder of Officer Michael Langsdorf, 40, who responded to Clay's Wellston Market in the 6200 block of Page Avenue around 4:30 p.m. for someone reportedly trying pass a bad check.

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Maj. Ron Martin of the North County Police Department reported during a news conference Monday morning that the entire incident was captured on surveillance video in the store. KMOX has asked for access to that video, but police have decided to not release it yet. 

Meeks and Langsdorf struggled on the floor for some time before Meeks struck the officer’s head several times with gun he pulled from his waistband. Meeks stood up above Langsdorf who was face down on the floor and fired one shot into Langsdorf's neck.

Directly after the shooting, Meeks ran, gun in hand, out of the store and down Page Avenue, where he was captured by police and his weapon was recovered. During interviews following the incident, Meeks confessed to killing Langsdorf. Police say Meeks had a violent crime history, mostly in North Carolina.

Police believe he arrived in St. Louis in January, but most of his adult life was spend in North Carolina police say.

Meeks has been charged with one count of first degree muder, one count of armed criminal action, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, and one count of resisting arrest. No bond was set.

Flags are at half staff Monday at all St. Louis County Police Departments to mourn the loss.

Langsdorf had been a Cooperative officer for about three months, but has worked as a police officer for 17 years. He is survived by his two children, fiancée, and parents.

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