St. Louis, MO (KTRS) A former St. Louis police officer is facing charges in the shooting death of a drug suspect.
Jason Stockley is charged with first degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith during a police pursuit in north St. Louis back in 2011. “We believe we have the evidence we need to prove Mr. Stockley’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” said Jennifer M. Joyce, Circuit Attorney for the city of St. Louis.
According to the Joyce’s Office, Stockley is heard on an internal police car video saying that he was going to kill the suspect. Stockley is also heard telling the other officer to “Hit him right now,” at which
point the driver slams the police SUV into the victim’s car.
Stockley then approached Smith’s car on the driver’s side and shot five times into the car, striking the victim with each shot, according to a probable cause statement.
Joyce said she will take the case to a Grand Jury in the coming weeks for its review. The Justice Department is also
reviewing the matter and has not yet released its findings