Charges filed in killing of St. Louis-area police officer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man who authorities say had a violent criminal history in North Carolina is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the shooting death of a Missouri police officer.

Officer Michael Langsdorf of the North County Police Cooperative was killed Sunday afternoon in the St. Louis suburb of Wellston after responding to a call about someone trying to pass a bad check at a small market. Langsdorf was a 40-year-old father of two.

Authorities on Monday announced that 26-year-old Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks has been charged in the officer’s death. Meeks is jailed without bond.

Assistant Police Chief Ron Martin says authorities believe that Meeks arrived in the St. Louis area from the Raleigh, North Carolina, area in January. Martin says Meeks has “an extensive criminal record, and violent.”

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