VIDEO: Officer Releases Video Of Gunman Ambushing Him As He Sat In Car

Sgt. Charles Lowe was working when he was suddenly ambushed.

St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis Police Department sergeant released surveillance video of his shooting where a man jumped out of a car and shot him, seemingly randomly (video below).

Sergeant Charles Lowe was shot before dawn on July 14, 2015, according to KTVI-TV.

He was working a security job, in uniform, while sitting in his personal vehicle in the Central West End of St. Louis.

As Sergeant Lowe sat in his car to keep cool he was not wearing his ballistic vest. He said that a voice in his head got him to put his vest back on, KTVI stated.

He released the video to the public so residents can better understand the danger police face every day.

The video shows a car as it pulled up in front of the the sergeant's vehicle. The passenger of the approaching vehicle then jumped out and opened fire on the sergeant.

Sergeant Lowe returned fire through his windshield, and the shooter fled while shooting behind him.

The sergeant was struck in his vest and was able to return to work about three months after the shooting, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Two days after Sergeant Lowe was shot, police arrested Dale Wolford for the shooting, KTVI reported. Edward Davis was arrested as the getaway driver.

Wolford was sentenced in February to 30 years in prison for first-degree assault. Davis was sentenced to 25 years for armed criminal action and driving Wolford during the shooting, according to KTVI.

Sergeant Lowe will mark the third anniversary of the shooting when he participates in a community walk to support victims of violent crime, according to KTVI.

“Law enforcement officers every day go out and protect citizens against violence,” Sergeant Lowe said, according to KTVI-TV. “However, far too often, law enforcement officers become victims of that same violence we have sworn to protect citizens against. Let’s stand together against violence and walk out our differences.”

After the shooting, a Black Lives Matter protester held a sign at the shooting scene which said, “How does it feel?” Sergeant Lowe is black.

Sergeant Lowe's wife told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she took that personally.

“I know you say ‘black lives matter,’ but why does my husband’s black life matter any less just because he wears a uniform?” she asked.

Watch the video here:

Comments (28)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

This was not an ambush.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

Then what in F$&k do you call all that!! Go choke on a burger you cop hater! I am tired of reading your non educated and ignorant comments!

JBo
JBo

@FpsK9Handler, he doesn't understand...having never been shot at or having someone try to kill him for no reason.

Hoglander
Hoglander

"Assault" would be a better term than "ambush." That's plain to see. I hope they catch them. I'm glad the cop made it. God bless.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I may, or may not, be ignorant and uneducated, but I know what words mean. And "ambush" was here used in an incorrect way.

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

The war on cops continues.

The police baiting of Black Lives Matter, "liberal" politicians, a corrupt liberal media and the NFL has its consequences.

FpsK9Handler
FpsK9Handler

The definition of the word ambush is a surprise attack from a concealed position. This was a surprise attack no cop expects to be shot at while sitting in a vehicle...we can argue he was concealed in a car....regardless he got shot at for no reason....some of you dont know whats its like to be shot at or coming to work and have your gaurd up expecting the unexpected!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Shooter was not in a concealed position and he or she certainly wasn't laying in wait in a concealed position. This was not an ambush.

ByAnyMeansNecessary
ByAnyMeansNecessary

@DieselDawg None of what you said was true.

Budman
Budman

Burgers All day You are an uneducated, no common sense leftists liberal moron jack ass!!

Slamdunk101
Slamdunk101

Just because the person was not in a concealed position doesn't make it an ambush. Are you an idiot? Wait, don't answer that. its an unprovoked attack. Why the word assault won't work is because that occurs during an actual confrontation with another person. An ambush is an unsuspected attack. While you're minding your business you get attacked or AMBUSHED. There's a thing in your head called a brain, I suggest you utilize it rather than have verbal diareah again.

JBo
JBo

I would submit that the shooter was concealed...he was in a car where the officer could not perceive he was about to be a victim. The shooter was not hanging out the window or approaching the officer with a visible firearm...he was hiding behind the car door as the driver used the car to approach the officer. Then the shooter leaned out and started shooting.

This is the same thing as a person waiting at a bus stop when an officer is walking past him when he pulls out a gun and shoots the officer. That's an ambush too even though the shooter was not concealed.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

JBo, you would make a poor lawyer. Your arguments are wrong and unconvincing.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Burgers Allday Actually @JBo gave a very logical, well-reasoned argument. In fact, Merriam Webster's online dictionary defines "ambush" :

Definition of ambush

ambushed; ambushing; ambushes transitive verb 1 : to attack by surprise from a hidden place (the second definition is using the verb in past-tense so I edited it for space).

I believe being shot at meets Criteria 1 "attack". Criteria 2 "by surprise" is checked off when we consider that the officer did not expect to be shot and Critera 3 "from a hidden place" would certainly apply to the passenger or rear seat of a car at night.

Nice try and all. Give me more of a challenge next time.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Why are the sentences not attempted murder or at least assault with a deadly?

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@Mrs10: Driving up to somebody, getting out of a car and shooting at them is not an attack from a hidden place. It is just not. Moreover, the legal definition, which is what is more applicable on a law enforcement website, requires laying in wait in a hidden place, and that clearly did not happen. At a somewhat deeper level, this site routinely uses "ambush" to describe attacks on police officers, but does not use that word for factually similar attacks on non police officers and attacks by police officers. The misuse of the word would be less troubling if the site was at least consistent in its loose use of the word "ambush."

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I'd call this an ambush.........and I survived one, many years ago. Back then, we didn't have the ballistic vests they do now. I still carry the scars from the buckshot I got hit with and that's why I have the nerve damage I do. @Mrs10 I agree with you on the charges as well.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Good sentences.

ByAnyMeensNecessary
ByAnyMeensNecessary

@Mrs10 Because the District Attorneys who rely on votes and conviction rates to get reelected like to offer criminals plea bargain deals (including would be cop killers) to ensure a higher conviction rate, rather than go all out and risk a lengthy trial in some cases. Sad thing is the shooter got only 30 years, and will be out in 10, back on the street and may possibly shoot another officer. Probably 100% that he will repeat offense.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@ByAnyMeensNecessary That's just so frustrating and I'm guessing it went down exactly like you say. I've never understood why judges and DAs are elected. Voters rarely vote for the person in those races and just go straight party. That can be dangerous. I understand how sheriffs can be elected - the public is able to actually see a cause/effect there but the others don't make sense.

kdsq
kdsq

Burgers all day is just an evil pos. Amazing how someone can be so freaking dense and not see what happened. He has to play with words. Scumbag.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Being a victim of an assault has nothing to do with knowing what words mean. As a more general proposition, being a brave warrior has nothing to do with being intelligent.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm not sure why everyone is playing bullshit Burgers game. He can call it whatever he wants and it won't change the fact an officer was shot and nearly killed. Burgershit gets his rocks off coming to this site and playing his childish games. He frequents other websites just like this one and does the same thing. He is obviously a sad and lonely person. Get help Burgers....you need it.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I agree that the officer was shot and hurt. I agree that is a bad thing. So there is some common ground here.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - we'll have "common ground" when you finally admit you're a sad person in need of help. I can even make some recommendations to you if you just tell me where you live.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

@Burgers Allday Illusions, Mr. Burgers. Vagaries of perception. Temporary constructs of your feeble intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Judging by the offenders names, I thought these were 2 POS white boys trying to kill a cop but nope, it was 2 POS black men that not only shot a cop but the cop was black. All these unemployed thugs and BLM claim cops are just murdering blacks for no reason when the FACTS say differently!! 93% of black murders are committed by other blacks but no one protests or riots about their own thugs doing the killing in their communities!!!