Metro-East News

Man wanted in Chester police officer’s death arrested

A Chester man wanted in connection with the Oct. 28 death of a Chester police officer on was captured on Tuesday afternoon.

Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker said in a press release that Jason M. Stoker, 34, was captured in the St. Louis area. Stoker was wanted on charges of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer in connection with an incident on Friday night. Chester police officer James Brockmeyer, 22, died from injuries sustained in a rollover crash on Palestine Road north of Chester. Brockmeyer had been pursing Stoker when the crash happened, police said.

Walker said Stoker will remain in Missouri until the extradition process is completed. He is being held on $250,000 bail.

Stoker’s capture comes two days before Brockmeyer’s funeral is to be held in Chester. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Colbert Memorial Gymnasium at Chester High School. He will be buried at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Chester. A visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chester High School.

According to his obituary, Brockmeyer had worked for the Chester Police Department for 10 months. Prior to that he worked for the City of Chester in the Gas Department and also served as a volunteer fireman for the Chester Fire Department. He graduated from Chester High School in 2012 where he was active in football, basketball and baseball.

The City of Chester on Tuesday announced a nearly 30-mile route for Brockmeyer’s funeral procession. City officials are encouraging residents to line the procession route and to display flags. People are welcome to stand along the front of the Chester Police Department and the Chester Fire Department.

Chester Grade School and Chester High School will dismiss early on Wednesday and both schools will be closed on Thursday.