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The Latest: Woman regrets livestreaming as officer killed

June 24, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Missouri police officer (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

A store clerk who livestreamed the aftermath of a confrontation in which a Missouri police officer was killed says she regrets doing it.

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. Authorities on Monday announced that 26-year-old Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks has been charged in the officer’s death .

Kashina Harper works at the market where the confrontation occurred and aired live Facebook video showing the dying officer bleeding. She told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she doesn’t know why she did it.

Harper says she only began taking video of the officer on the ground after she called for help, using the radio near his belt. She then livestreamed for more than two minutes.

The Post-Dispatch briefly provided a link to the video on its website, STLtoday.com, before deleting the link. The newspaper said Monday that posting the link was “bad news judgment,” and apologized to readers for doing so.

Harper says she is getting death threats because of the video.

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12:35 p.m.

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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