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All 4 suspects in custody in connection with shooting of police officer

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The sergeant was in his personal vehicle when he was shot in the Central West End The sergeant was in his personal vehicle when he was shot in the Central West End
An officer was shot in the area of North Euclid and Maryland just before 5 a.m. Tuesday. An officer was shot in the area of North Euclid and Maryland just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.
An officer was shot in the area of North Euclid and Maryland just before 5 a.m. Tuesday. An officer was shot in the area of North Euclid and Maryland just before 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Edward Davis, 27, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. Authorities believe he was driving the car that carried the person who shot a St. Louis PD officer in the Central West End Edward Davis, 27, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action. Authorities believe he was driving the car that carried the person who shot a St. Louis PD officer in the Central West End
Dale L. Wolford, 23, is accused of shooting at a police officer in the Central West End. Dale L. Wolford, 23, is accused of shooting at a police officer in the Central West End.
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) –  All four suspects connected to the shooting of an officer in the Central West End are in police custody, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. 

On Thursday, Chief Dotson tweeted that a total of three suspects were in custody for the Tuesday morning shooting.  The fourth suspect turned himself in at police headquarters later that day, according to authorities.

Thursday morning, Dale L. Wolford, 23, was charged with shooting a firearm at a motor vehicle and shooting a person, motor vehicle or building as a persistent offender. He was also charged with armed criminal action and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Court documents state that Wolford “attempted to kill or to cause serious physical injury” to a law enforcement officer by shooting at him. The documents alleged the suspect used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot at the sergeant.

Wednesday afternoon, charges were filed against a man taken into custody earlier in the day. Edward Davis, 27, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action for his alleged role in the shooting. Authorities believe he was driving the car that carried the shooter. 

The 39-year-old sergeant was working department-approved secondary in the area of North Euclid and Maryland when the shooting occurred just before 5 a.m.

The sergeant was in his full uniform and personal vehicle when he saw two individuals walking down the street. Chief Dotson said the sergeant did not bother the individuals but saw them walking in the area a short time later with a third person, he monitored them again and did not exit his vehicle. 

Shortly after the individuals walked past a second time, the sergeant observed the suspect vehicle approach him with four people inside, including the three he saw walking in the area earlier. The suspect vehicle pulled directly in front of the sergeant’s vehicle and one of the passengers exited the front side, with a bandana over his face, and began firing shots at the sergeant, who was still inside his vehicle, Chief Dotson said.

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After the suspect fired shots, the sergeant returned fire. The sergeant told authorities he believes one of the suspects may have been struck by his gunshots.

The suspect vehicle began leaving the scene and the suspect who fired the shots ran on foot. While in his vehicle, the sergeant followed the suspect that was running on foot but lost him after he entered a parking garage on York, Chief Dotson said.

“They targeted, they ambushed, they tried to assassinate a police officer,” Chief Dotson said.

After losing the suspect, the sergeant returned to the shooting scene where he tried, unsuccessfully, to locate the suspect vehicle.

According to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, the officer, who was shot one time in the torso, was wearing a bullet proof vest at the time of the shooting.

The sergeant was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. 

The sergeant described the suspect vehicle as a silver or gray newer-model Ford Taurus or Ford Focus. The suspects' car was found parked at an apartment complex at the intersection of Selber and Goodfellow Tuesday afternoon. It is currently being examined for evidence.

According to police, a man who claimed he was shot at the complex where the car was found showed up at a local hospital around 11:30 Tuesday morning. Police are looking at the circumstances between the man who was shot and the car but are not connecting the two yet. 

Authorities are currently investigating what level of involvement the suspect may have played in the shooting. 

Chief Dotson said there are a lot of cameras in the area and they are currently working to obtain the footage.

Several businesses, including Bissinger's Chocolates and AG St. Louis, had their windows broken due to bullets. 

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting and may have seen something is asked to contact police.  

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