A police officer responding to a bad check complaint at a food market has been shot and killed near St. Louis.

North County Police Cooperative Chief John Buchannan says officer Michael Langsdorf responded to a call Sunday afternoon about a bad check at a food market in Wellston, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) northwest of St. Louis.

He says that about five minutes after arriving, police received a call that the officer was down. He was later pronounced dead.

Langsdorf had been working for the North County Police Cooperative for about three months. He had previously worked for the St. Louis Police Department.

Buchannan says a suspect is in custody but gave no further details.

Langsdorf had 17 years of prior police experience, according to a post on the North County Police Cooperative’s Facebook page.

He said Langsdorf responded to Clay Wellston Food Market Restaurant, about a 15-minute drive from St. Louis, around 4:30 CT and about five minutes later a call came in for “one of our officers down,” according to Fox News.

The North County Police Cooperative serves seven communities in the northern St. Louis county.

The Maryland Heights Police Department, which is also located in St. Louis County, tweeted on Sunday, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of a North County Cooperative Police Officer. This is a senseless tragedy that did not have to happen.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the officer.”

Langsdorf left behind two children and a fiancé.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with PO Langsdorf’s family and friends,” The North County Police Cooperative’s Facebook post read.

Buchannan said the investigation was ongoing and more information will be released on Monday morning.

This article was edited by TheBL.

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