UPDATE: Police in Chester, Illinois have found the red Pontiac G6, that they say suspect 34-year-old Jason Michael Stoker was driving when he refused to pull over Friday night. A southern Illinois police officer was killed in a crash that followed that attempted traffic stop.
According to Chester Mayor Tom Page, Officer James Brockmeyer, 22, was attempting to stop the vehicle driven by Stoker around 10 p.m. on Palestine Road in rural Randolph County when the crash happened. Chester is located a little more than an hour southeast of St. Louis.
During the chase, there was a crash and Brockmeyer was fatally injured. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Page says Brockmeyer was a volunteer fire fighter in Chester for several years. He also worked in the city's gas department before joining the police force in January.
"His ambition was always to be a police officer, that's what he had in his mind he wanted to do. And i have to tell you, he did it very very well," said Page.
Chester fire chief Marty Bert, who knew Brockmeyer as a friend and collegue, responded to the scene of the crash Friday night.
"You never know who you're going to have to take out of a car. this is the kind of call you don't want to have. When you have to take out one of your own, it's really sad," said Bert.
"He had a real cute baby face and the first time i met him i told him he needed to go home, that he didn't need to be out there because he was too cute and wet behind the ears. He started laughing and said he'd never had anyone tell him that," said Zenaida Morales, who lives nearby and encountered Brockmeyer several times.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Stoker for aggravated fleeing and alluding. More charges are likely to come.
Anyone with information about Stoker's whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or the Randolph County Sheriff's Office at 618-826-5484.
Visitation for Brockmeyer will take place from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. on November 2nd at the Colbert Memorial Gymnasium at Chester High School.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. in the same location.
The police department is asking everyone to keep the officer's family in their thoughts and prayers.