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: