Former cop charged with murder

Jason Stockley
Former St. Louis police officer charged with murder in shooting that followed 2011 high-speed chase.

(KSDK) A former St. Louis police officer involved in the shooting death of a man after a 2011 car chase was charged with first-degree murder Monday.

Former St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officer Jason Stockley was charged with one count of first-degree murder for his involvement in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith following a car chase on December 20, 2011.

“We believe we have the evidence we need to prove Mr. Stockley’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce said in a release announcing the charges.

The original incident report said the officers saw what they believed to be a drug deal. When the officer approached, one of the men ran off, and Smith fled in his car.

According to the probable cause statement, Stockley shot at Smith’s car before pursuing him in a car chase. Stockley’s partner was driving the police SUV, which chased Smith at more than 80 mph. According to the statement, Stockley is heard on police cruiser camera saying he was “going to kill this [expletive], don’t you know it.”

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