Alleged police ambush shooter arrested, charged

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - St. Louis police arrested the key suspect Thursday morning who was wanted for the pre-dawn ambush attack against a fellow officer on Tuesday. The last of four men wanted in the attack turned himself in Thursday afternoon.

Dale Wolford now faces four felony charges in the case. Police identify him as the man who fired multiple shots at the officer who was sitting in his personal car while working a secondary security job. His bullet proof vest saved him from injury.

St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson described Wolford, 23, as “very dangerous.” That’s why the department brought in dozens of detectives, special operations officers and SWAT team members from a variety of departments to make the morning arrest in Maplewood.

“Detectives started working in a very systematic way of addresses and friends and family and acquaintances and he was tracked down to an address on Yale in Maplewood,” Dotson said. Dotson indicated communication with Wolford suggested he would surrender but he did not.

“The young man fought with officers. There was a Taser that was deployed and officers say at one point he reached for an officer’s gun,” the chief explained.

Wolford was struck by the Taser and then stopped resisting arrest. Police say they found a hand gun that is being tested to see if it was used in the ambush.

Two felony charges were filed against 27-year old Edward Davis who is suspected of being the get-away car driver.

An 18-year old turned himself in Wednesday. As of 6pm Thursday no charges were pending against him.

The last suspect to surrender, 23-year old Aaron Collins, arrived at Police Headquarters at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. He is being held on existing warrants for an armed robbery and assault.

 

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