Resident-owned security cameras capture CWE police shooting -

Resident-owned security cameras capture CWE police shooting

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

The shooting of an off-duty St. Louis police officer in the Central West End early Tuesday left the department reeling over what Chief Dotson called an “attempted assassination.” After the initial shock, investigators began studying surveillance footage in the area to see if it would reveal any clues.

Cameras can be seen mounted on buildings surrounding the area where the police sergeant was shot early Tuesday morning. Some of the cameras are owned by an organization which is financially supported by residents of the Central West End neighborhood.

"We own over 80 cameras, we placed them where there is heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic," said Jim Whyte, executive director of the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative. The cameras, which cover about half of the Central West End feed to several points.

The CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative is funded by a tax paid by residents of the neighborhood.

Whyte said the cameras did capture the identity of the suspect who shot the city officer, but declined to share details on the video of the shooting.

However, the video was shared with police and is expected to aid their investigation.

Additional cameras on Maryland Avenue are operated by property owners.

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