ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The Circuit Attorney's Officer of St. Louis has charged a suspect police have been questioning about the attempted murder of a city officer ambushed Tuesday while working a private security job in the Central West End.
The suspect, Edward J. Davis, age 27, has been charged with two counts: assault/attempted 1st degree on law enforcement officer and armed criminal action.
FOX2 has also confirmed that a second suspect is now in custody, after turning themselves into police.
Police have said very little about the man in custody, but our partners at the St. Louis Post- Dispatch report police believe he drove the car with the three other suspects inside and that he is expected to be charged.
The search for the other suspects continues.
It happened early Tuesday morning in Maryland Plaza.
The officer was working a private security detail from his personal car but was wearing his city police uniform.
Shortly before 5:00 a.m., four men in a car drove up to the officer`s car, then a black man wearing a bandana got out and began shooting at the officer, who is also black. The windshield was hit more than a dozen times but the officer`s bullet-resistant vest saved his life.
Since the shooting, there had been concern publicity about it could hurt business in the Central West End.
But on Wednesday afternoon, it appeared to be business as usual with diners enjoying lunch at sidewalk tables and shoppers shopping.
'The Central West End is one of the nicest places to be,' said Nikita Thompson, who was raised in the neighborhood. 'There are people everywhere that will give people trouble,' he said.
Police found a car in North St. Louis Tuesday afternoon they think was used by the suspects.
They also became suspicious of a man who showed up at Barnes-Jewish Hospital with a bullet wound hours after the ambush attack. That man is still under investigation but police tell the newspaper he is not suspected of being at the scene of the ambush.
Investigators are still trying to figure out a motive for the attack.
Long time Central West End resident John Roach says he is not worried about the shooting having a negative effect on the neighborhood.
'I think the people would be scared off wouldn`t want to come down here anyway,' Roach said.
'The kind of diversity that you see here quite often puts off the sorts of people that would really be frightened.'