Officials said Florissant police officers responded to a call of a burglary in the 1800 block of Banstead around 3:00 a.m. Monday.
Authorities said Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon was searching the area for burglary suspects when he came across some suspicious clothes on the ground in the 2800 block of N. Lindbergh.
Police 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 three times.
Vernon was hit in the shoulder, chest and leg, but was able to provide other officers with a description of the shooter.
A K-9 unit was brought to the scene and tracked Cannon to the backyard of a house in the Wedgewood subdivision. Police said that’s where they also found the gun allegedly used in the shooting.
Police said Cannon was brought into custody and confessed to shooting Vernon.
Vernon is currently being treated at Depaul Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition with a spinal cord injury. According to officials, Vernon has temporary paralysis and cannot feel his feet. One of the bullets also punctured his lungs.
Cannon, who was already on probation for a previous burglary charge, remains in jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond.
Police said officers are still investigating whether any other people assisted in the burglary.
A fundraiser will be held Saturday at Joe’s Pub in Florissant to raise money for Vernon’s family and help pay his medical bills.