ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Support is pouring in for the North County Police Cooperative officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sunday afternoon.
Officer Michael Langsdorf responded to the Wellston Food Market in north St. Louis County for a report of a bad check. Five minutes later, the department received a call for an officer down.
Langsdorf was rushed to Barnes Jewish Hospital, where he died from his injuries. A suspect was taken into custody.
In various ways, the law enforcement community is showing its support to honor Officer Langsdorf’s memory and to help his family.
Flags are flying at half staff outside the St. Louis Police Officers Association in south St. Louis.
BackStoppers already has committed to helping Langsdorf’s family. He was 40 years old and left behind two young children and a fiancé. If you would like to help Langsdorf’s family, you can visit The BackStoppers website.
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Local law enforcement agencies also are showing their support on social media.
St. Louis County—the last area department to lose an officer—posted that their hearts were broken and, “We share your pain.”
The Arnold Police Department shared a photo they said is of Langsdorf from 2003 when he was an officer in the city. The photo shows him comforting a little girl after she had to jump to escape a house fire.
Gregg Favre, who is with the St. Louis Fire Department, said he worked in the same neighborhoods as Langsdorf when he was a city officer. He called his killing senseless.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson extended prayers to Langsdorf’s family and fellow officers. He tweeted, “Officer Langsdorf was bravely carrying out his oath to serve.”
St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson offered prayers and her deepest sympathy to Officer Langsdorf's family and friends.
The Jefferson County sheriff shared an image of a cross with a blue line, offering prayers for Officer Langsdorf’s family and the whole law enforcement community.
The Maryland Heights Police Department shared a simple photo with the word “Enough.” They wrote, “This is a senseless tragedy that did not have to happen.”