Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crime Fighter's Life Ends in Bitter Twist

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Crime Fighter's Life Ends in Bitter Twist

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Todd Meriwether was a promising young trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol when he quit last November because he was tired of dark rural roads and writing traffic tickets.

"He missed the action of the city," said Meriwether's father, Charles Meriwether.

So Todd returned to his old job - fighting urban crime as a St. Louis police officer. He had been with the department for three years before joining the patrol.

Late Sunday, Officer Meriwether, 27, was shot to death in front of the home he shared with his parents in the 4600 block of Korte Avenue. Meriwether, shot twice, was able to kill his assailant, Oliver Lee Jones, 34, a convict on parole for robbery.

After watching a television football game with his father, Meriwether had gone outside to attach an anti-theft device to his car.

Investigators believe Jones, of the 4500 block of Harris Avenue, had walked by and figured Meriwether would be an easy robbery victim. He didn't realize that Meriwether was armed.

"My son knew the dangers of the job, and he always took his pistol with him wherever he went," Charles Meriwether said.

As the two men struggled, each shot the other in the head and upper chest at close range, police said. Meriwether was seated in the front seat; Jones was found on the ground.

Meriwether, a patrolman in Area III's 7th district, was described Monday by his fellow officers as a quiet, church-going man.

"He's just the kind of officer this department wants," said Maj. …

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