Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Men Sentenced to 30 and 25 Years in 2015 Shooting of St. Louis Police Sergeant

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Two Men Sentenced to 30 and 25 Years in 2015 Shooting of St. Louis Police Sergeant

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ST. LOUIS * Two men recently convicted by separate juries in a 2015 drive-by shooting of a city police sergeant in the Central West End were sentenced Friday to prison.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Christopher McGraugh sentenced Dale "Butch" Wolford to 30 years in prison and Edward J. Davis, the driver, to 25 years for the July 14, 2015, attack on Sgt. Charles Lowe.

Wolford, 26, was found guilty last month of shooting Lowe; Davis, 30, was convicted Feb. 1 of the same charges. He was driving the vehicle that Wolford was riding in. Wolford hopped out and shot Lowe on Maryland Avenue.

Police have described the shooting as an unprovoked ambush on Lowe, but neither jury believed Wolford and Davis targeted Lowe because he is a police officer. Lowe was in uniform when he was shot while working his overnight security job, watching over the block from his parked, running personal car. He has credited his bullet-resistant vest with helping to save his life.

Lowe, who returned to duty about three months after the shooting, still works part-time security in St. Louis but not in the Central West End. He spoke Friday in court about the various ways the shooting caused losses not just for him and his family but also of the time Wolford and Davis lost from their families as well as a sense of security in the neighborhood.

"A piece of me was lost that night and I'm still searching for it...," Lowe said. "The community lost its way of life in a community traditionally free of this type of violent crime."

Lowe's wife, Kelli Lowe, talked about the anxiety the shooting caused her and her family, the "new normal" they've had to adapt to, and dangers police officers face across the country.

"It was not until later that I realized that this was just a warning shot of what was to come all across the nation," Kelli Lowe said. "Just one year later, we faced Dallas and then Baton Rouge and then more officers (being shot) in our own state: Mike Flamion, Blake Snyder, and Tom Lake; the list goes on and on. …

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