St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officer Down...

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  1. gordo993

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    St. Louis cop, 27, killed in crash while chasing burglary suspect

    MARCH 24, 2010 - A St. Louis police officer was killed Wednesday morning in a multi-vehicle accident at Kingshighway and Oleatha. (Erik Lunsford/P-D)
    By Christine Byers
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    03/24/2010

    UPDATES with background for officer

    David Haynes, a 27-year-old St. Louis police officer with one year on the force, was killed this morning in a four-car crash at Kingshighway and Oleatha while pursuing a burglary suspect.

    Haynes, a newlywed, picked up a radio call describing a burglary suspect and his car. St. Louis police spokesperson Erica Van Ross said Haynes spotted the the suspect's car and pursued with lights and sirens on. The suspect hit another car and continued while Haynes pursued. Police said Haynes' car was struck from both sides at the intersection of Kingshighway and Oleatha Avenue.

    Van Ross said Haynes followed department procedure in his pursuit of the suspect's vehicle.

    Police said they received a call about a burglary in progress in the 5400 block of Bancroft Avenue. A suspect was breaking into a home at that location; another person came home to find the burglary in progress and called police, officials said. The burglary victims described the suspect and the car. Haynes spotted the car on Kingshighway. The suspect is still at large, described as a black male with two gold teeth driving a dark-colored Hyundai Sonata.

    "It's certainly a tragic day for the police department. We are all sorry for the loss, for his wife and mother," said Police Chief Dan Isom. "We ask that everyone in St. Louis pray for his family and all of the officers in the St. Louis police department."

    An employee at Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, 3449 S. Kingshighway, said the force of the accident shook the building.

    Isom said Haynes was trapped in his car and had to be extricated by emergency workers. Isom said the officer was likely killed at the scene, but was pronounced dead at the hospital. Van Ross said there were no other injuries in the accident.

    "We heard it, then we ran to the door. We ran to the door and it was over," said Keith Morgan, general services employee for Bimmers R Us, 3435 S. Kingshighway, a BMW auto dealership. Morgan said a colleague, technician Andrew Knarr, ran to the accident scene and used a pry bar to open the officer's door. Morgan said a female police officer later opened a rear door in the car.

    Van Ross said Haynes' mother saw his car on TV after the accident and said, "that's my son's car."

    Haynes was married Sept. 19 to Stephanie Rother Haynes. An official at the St. Louis Police Officers Association said Haynes had served in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated from the St. Louis Police Academy Jan. 8, 2009.

    Chief Ron Battelle, the executive director of BackStoppers, a St. Louis area nonprofit organization that supports the families of the fallen, said his group will meet with Haynes's widow tomorrow and hand over a $5,000 check for funeral expenses.

    "She'll be a part of our family for years to come," Battelle said.

    Battelle said his organization's goal is to make the victim's survivors debt free.


    Denise Hollinshed and Nicholas J.C. Pistor of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.
     
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    The policeman stood and faced his God,
    which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shining,
    just as brightly as his brass.

    "Step forward now, Officer.
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My church have you been true?"

    The Officer squared his shoulders
    and said, "No Lord. I guess I ain't.
    Because those who carry badges,
    can't always be a saint."

    "I've had to work most Sundays,
    and at times my talk was rough...
    and sometimes I've been violent
    because the streets are awful tough."

    "But I never took a penny,
    that wasn't mine to keep...
    though I worked a lot of overtime
    when the bills got just too steep."

    "And I never passed a cry for help,
    though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God forgive me,
    I wept unmanly tears."

    "I know I don't deserve a place
    among the people here.
    They never wanted me around
    except to calm their fear."

    "If you've a place for me here, Lord,
    it needn't be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But, if you don't...I'll understand."

    There was silence all around the throne,
    where saints had often trod,
    as the Officer waited quietly
    for the judgement of his God.

    "Step forward now, Officer
    You've borne your burdens well.
    Come walk a beat on heaven's streets.
    You've done your time in hell."
     

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    27 y.o. Jeez. RIP Officer Haynes and may your God watch over your family.
     
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    :fallenofficer: prayers for his family and department.
     
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    RIP Officer Haynes :patriot:
     
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    He's at rest with his God. I hope his family and friends can find peice. Prayers.
     
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    I'm getting weary of reading this sort of news. So many lost.

    RIP brother.
     
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    Prayers. Was in training yesterday and stats still reflect auto accident as a bigger killer than shootings for us.
     
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    Clear those intersections, boys. :sad:

    Rest easy, brother. :fallenofficer:
     
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    When will we learn?

    RIP brother.
     
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    schithead got pickup last night.

    st louis city p.d. does great work.

    r.i.p. my brother
     
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    :fallenofficer: Rest In Peace Brother.............:crying:
     
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    God be with his family.
     
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    I think my brother said it best:
    "Officer Down: RIP STL Officer Haynes, You will be missed. Rest easy my brother, we'll take it from here. Godspeed."


    Painful to hear about. God Bless him and his family.