FLORISSANT, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- A Florissant police officer who suffered a spinal cord injury after being shot by a burglary suspect will most likely be paralyzed for life, the victim’s family said Thursday.
Officer Mike Vernon was shot three times on Monday after police say a suspect, identified as Brian Cannon Jr., jumped out of a dumpster and ambushed him.
Police said Vernon was searching the area for burglary suspects in the of 2800 block of N. Lindbergh when he came across some suspicious clothes.
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.
Police eventually located Cannon brought him into custody. That’s when he confessed to shooting Vernon.
Vernon is currently being treated at Depaul Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition with a spinal cord injury. Vernon’s family said he was paralyzed from the waist down, which doctors told them is most likely permanent.
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.
If anyone is wishing to make a donation to Officer Vernon and his family, donations can be made to:
Florissant Police Welfare Association
C/O Officer Mike Vernon
1700 North Highway 67
Florissant, MO 63033