ST. LOUIS — A man has been convicted in a July 2015 shooting that wounded a St. Louis police sergeant.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that jurors found 26-year-old Dale Wolford guilty Thursday of assault, armed criminal action and shooting at or from a motor vehicle. But he was acquitted of a charge that he specifically targeted a police officer.

St. Louis police Sgt. Charles Lowe was shot while off-duty but uniformed as he worked a part-time security job. His bullet-resistant vest stopped a round from piercing his torso, possibly saving his life. Police have described the shooting as an unprovoked ambush. Wolford’s cousin testified that Wolford didn’t initially know he’d shot a police officer.

Lowe said afterward that he feels he can “breathe a little easier.”

Sentencing is set for Feb. 23.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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