Wellston, MO – A North County Police Cooperative officer was murdered in the line of duty Sunday evening.
The incident started at Wellston Food Market after Officer Michael Langsdorf arrived to a call about somebody trying to pass a bad check, according to KMOV.
While the officer was on scene, he got into a scuffle with the suspect.
During the fight, the suspect pulled out a gun and fatally shot the officer.
As the officer was face-down on the ground, bystanders started calling for help while one bystander livestreamed the officer dying on Facebook Live.
The graphic video showed the officer laying in his own blood as witnesses told him to hang on.
Other officers arrived and provided first aid, and Officer Langsdorf was transported to Barnes-Jewish Hospital where he died.
Law Enforcement Today noted that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared the livestream video in their news article before the officer had even been identified or next of kin notifications had been announced.
The livestream video was taken down by Facebook, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch has now removed the link from their site.
The suspect was later located and taken into custody without injury. The suspect has not been identified at the time of this writing.
Authorities will hold a press conference on Monday to release more details.
Officer Langsdorf has been with the department for three months. Before joining the North County Police Cooperative, he worked for St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
News outlets are reporting that Officer Langsdorf was one of four officers arrested in 2017 on felony charges of submitting timesheets for overtime not worked. However, all charges were dropped because the officers worked in a drug task force and were told to submit ambiguous time sheets to keep their assignment covert, and the prosecutor’s office admitted there wasn’t enough evidence to go to trial, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
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