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Soulard man accused of shooting at undercover officer during drug deal

An informant told police Anthony Stallworth was responsible for selling a large amount of fentanyl in St. Louis—and that he always had two guns.
Credit: St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

ST. LOUIS — A Soulard man is in custody and charged with shooting at an undercover police officer during an attempted drug deal.

In August, a confidential informant went to the St. Louis police department to say they’ve been buying fentanyl from a person they knew as Anthony (AP) Stallworth. The informant told police Stallworth sold a large amount of the drug throughout St. Louis and that he’s always armed with at least two guns while carrying out his drug deals.

Over the course of several months, police worked with the informant to set up and execute several drug deals.

‘Stallworth was always in possession of a large amount of suspected fentanyl and two firearms,’ according to a search warrant.

Officers tried to arrest Stallworth in September, but he sped off.

The undercover investigation continued with officers setting up surveillance outside his house in the 2300 block of Menard, which is in Soulard.

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In October, an undercover officer participated in a drug deal with the informant.

On Oct. 15, the officer said he arranged to buy more fentanyl from Stallworth. He was directed to meet Stallworth at Gravois and Compton. Once there, the officer said he followed Stallworth in his car—as instructed by Stallworth—but at one point, the suspect made a quick turn, rolled down his window and fired two shots toward the undercover officer and two other vehicles that were following Stallworth.

Police said they recovered two shell casing from the scene in the 3200 block of Gravois.

Stallworth was later arrested. Prosecutors charged him with assault on a special victim, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

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