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Hero Down: St. Louis County PD Det. Antonio Valentine Killed By Fleeing Suspect

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) Detective Antonio Valentine died in the line of duty Wednesday after a fleeing suspect slammed into his vehicle head-on, according to police.

The incident began at approximately 2 p.m. on Dec. 1 when SLCPD Drug Unit detectives tried to stop a black Volkswagen Jetta in connection with a drug investigation, KTVI reported.

The driver refused to pull over and took off westbound on Chambers Road at a high rate of speed, according to police.

Police later said the Volkswagen was reported stolen back in October.

Det. Valentine, 42, and another SLCPD detective headed towards the chase in their unmarked Dodge Caravan and came upon the suspect vehicle at approximately 2:10 p.m., KTVI reported.

The suspect then crossed over the centerline and slammed into the detective’s unmarked vehicle head-on, according to police.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, KTVI reported.

Both detectives were also transported to the hospital.

The second detective was treated and released, but Det. Valentine died of his injuries, KTVI reported.

“It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the loss of one of our officers, Antonio Valentine,” the SLCPD tweeted Wednesday night. “He passed away today in the line of duty.”

Det. Valentine served the SLCPD for 14 years.

He was also a U.S. Army combat veteran who previously retired from the Air Force Reserves, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Det. Valentine is a father of four, KSDK reported.

“What I ask of you all now is just grieve with us, support us, support the family for all that they are going through and we’ll get through this the best that we can,” St. Louis County Police Chief Kenneth Gregory said during a press conference, according to KSDK.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family St. Louis County Police Department Detective Antonio Valentine, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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