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Suspect Charged For Shooting Florissant Officer

FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – Warrants were issued by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for Brian Lamont Cannon Jr.’s suspected involvement in the shooting of Officer Mike Vernon. Cannon is from the city of St. Louis. The charges were filed at 3 a.m. for assault in the first degree of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action,  and burglary in the second degree.

Officer Mike Vernon, 33, was shot early Monday morning while responding to a burglary call.

Neighbors on Banstead Drive said it all began at a home on their street around 3:00 a.m.  The family that lived in the house was out of town.  A burglar set off the home’s alarm and police rushed to the house.  The suspect ran away dropping a flat screen TV on the Pittman family’s patio.

Police said the thief then went behind a nearby shopping center.  Officer Mike Vernon pulled up.  One cop said it was like an ambush, the would-be burglar opened fire.  He pulled the trigger three times.  Three bullets hit Officer Vernon.

Even though he was wounded and losing blood, he was able to give his fellow cops a description of the gunman.  Officer Haarmann said, “He was able to speak with the officer prior to being transported to the hospital.”

Officer Vernon told his buddies to make sure and thank the paramedics and all the other cops from across the area who responded to the scene to help.

Officer Vernon is at DePaul Hospital in north St. Louis County. He was wounded three times, the shoulder, his side and his leg. He suffered severe injuries to his lungs and spinal cord. He does have some paralysis, he can`t feel his feet. When the swelling decreases the paralysis could improve.

He is in stable but critical condition.  His wife is at the hospital and his parents rushed to St. Louis from the Springfield, Missouri area.  They are waiting along with doctors to see what happens next.

He has yet to have surgery. Doctors are still assessing the situation.

Court records indicate Cannon was found guilty of 2 burglaries in Ladue and Clayton 2 years ago. Although he was sentenced to 7 years in prison he only served 120 days shock jail time.

Cannon is being held on a $500,000 bond.

A benefit will be held for Officer Vernon Saturday, June 2 from 2-10 p.m. at Joe’s Pub located at 490 St. Francois in Florissant. For more information call 314-276-8290.

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