Suspect charged with shooting Florissant officer after burglary

Suspect charged with shooting Florissant officer after burglary

Brian Lamont Cannon, Jr. faces multiple charges after he allegedly shot a Florissant police officer on Monday.

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 2:56 PM

FLORISSANT, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- A man accused of burglarizing a home and shooting a Florissant police officer two times on Monday is facing multiple charges in connection to the crimes.

Brian Cannon Jr. has been charged with first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and second-degree burglary.

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Police said they Cannon shot officer Mike Vernon twice after fleeing the scene of a burglary.

Officials said Florissant police officers responded to a call of a burglary in the 1800 block of Banstead around 3:00 a.m. Monday. While searching the area for the burglary suspects, Officer Vernon encountered Cannon behind a building in the 2800 North Highway 67. Cannon fired several shots, striking Vernon was hit twice.

Vernon suffered serious injuries, but was able to provide a description of the shooter. A K9 unit was brought to the scene and tracked Cannon in the backyard of a house in the Wedgewood subdivision.

Vernon is currently being treated at Depaul Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition with a spinal cord injury. One of the bullets also punctured his lungs.

According to police, officers are still looking for others in connection to the burglary and say more charged could be coming.

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