Man found guilty of shooting, paralyzing Florissant police officer


by staff

Posted on March 6, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 5:30 AM

2800 North Lindbergh Blvd. Florissant, MO

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(KMOV) – A jury on Thursday convicted a man of shooting and paralyzing a Florissant police in May 2012.

Brian Cannon Jr.’s trial on charges of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and second-degree burglary began Monday. According to the Florissant Police Department, a jury found him guily on those charges Thursday evening.

Details on sentencing were not immediately available.

According to prosecutors, Florissant police officers responded to a call of a burglary in the 1800 block of Banstead around 3 a.m. on May 28, 2012.

Police said Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon was searching for the suspect in the 2800 block of N. Lindbergh when he came across some suspicious clothes.

Authorities said Vernon got out of his car and was checking out the clothes when Cannon jumped out of a dumpster and fired five shots, striking Vernon in the shoulder, chest and leg.

Police eventually located Cannon and brought him into custody. That’s when they say he confessed to shooting Vernon.

Vernon was taken to the hospital in critical condition with a spinal cord injury. Vernon’s family said he was paralyzed from the waist down, and doctors told them it was most likely permanent.

One of the bullets also punctured his lungs. 

Cannon, who was already on probation for a previous burglary charge, was arrested on a $500,000 cash-only bond.