Wellston, MO – The woman who pulled out her cell phone and livestreamed the final moments of North County Police Cooperative Officer Michael Langsdorf’s life on Facebook said she thought she was doing a good deed at the time.
Officer Langsdorf, 40, was murdered after he responded to Clay’s Wellston Food Market at about 4:30 p.m. on June 24 for a report of a customer trying to cash a bad check, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Police have arrested 26-year-old Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks and charged him with the officer’s death.
“He confronted this person that was trying to pass the bad check, and during that confrontation a struggle ensued… the entire incident was captured on surveillance video,” North County Police Cooperative Major Ron Martin told reporters.
“Mr. Meeks and Officer Langsdorf had a struggle on the floor. At some point, Officer Langsdorf was on top of Meeks,” Major Martin explained
He said somehow their positions got switched and Meeks pulled a gun out of his waistband and struck Officer Langsdorf in the head multiple times.
Major Martin said the surveillance video showed the officer became dazed and lost his hold on Meeks, and the suspect was able to stand up.
“Officer Langsdorf was on the ground face down, stomach down… he pointed the gun at the back of Officer Langsdorf’s head and fired one shot,” Major Martin described as he struggled to maintain his composure at the podium.
He said that Officer Langsdorf was hit in the left rear neck and the bullet travelled to his spinal cord, where it ricocheted and went out his chest.
The suspect fled immediately after shooting the officer.
“Meeks ran, gun in hand, out of the store… assisting officers captured him and he was armed with the pistol he used to murder Officer Langsdorf,” Major Martin said.
An employee of the store, Kashina Harper, pulled out her phone and began filming a Facebook livestream video of the officer dying on the ground.
But Harper told KMOV that she tried to help the officer before she made the video.
“I got from behind the door and ran to the officer, and got on his walkie talkie. I said, ‘An officer’s been shot at 6250 Page. Please come, he’s hurt bad,” she said.
Harper said that only after a customer stepped in to help Officer Langsdorf did she begin filming his last moments alive, KMOV reported.
“He was still talking. I guess he ended up getting the microphone, he was like, ‘I want the microphone,’ and ended up putting in the code that he was shot,” she said.
Harper said she thought she was doing a good deed by filming what had happened, never imagining that the officer would actually die.
She claimed that she posted the video live with the best intentions in the hope that more people would call 911.
“The only reason why I put it on Facebook was for him to get justice. I didn’t know he was going to get killed and I just wanted him to know when they take that man to trial, he knows what he did and how much pain he put this man through,” Harper said.
The video has since been taken down, but the woman who posted it said she has received numerous threats.
“Death threats, police cars threatening me, people I don’t even know threatening me,” Harper said. “I didn’t even know that this man had two kids and a fiance. And people think I put it on Facebook for attention.”
She insisted that she thought she was doing a good deed, and that she posted the video live for “legal reasons.”
“The only reason why I put in on Facebook was for him to get justice. I didn’t know he was going to get killed and I just wanted him to know when they take that man to trial, he knows what he did and how much pain he put this man through,” Harper said.