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Suspect charged for stabbing man, shooting officer

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(KMOV)--A south St. Louis man is being charged after allegedly stabbing a 52-year-old man and shooting an officer.

Vernon Collins, 34, is being charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, 1st degree assault, 2 counts of armed criminal action, disarming a peace officer and resisting arrest.

Authorities say that on March 1st around 1:00 a.m., police were called to the 5200 block of St. Louis Avenue for a “prowler attempting entry”. When the officer arrived, he found the victim stabbed multiple times.

According to officials the officer saw, then chased Collins and attempted to take him in to custody. Collins was able to grab the officer’s department- issued weapon and fired one shot at the officer. The officer was grazed in the stomach.

Both the officer and the initial victim were taken to an area hospital. The officer was treated and released. The stabbing victim was listed in critical condition.

The suspect was located a few minutes later at Norwood Court and Norwood Drive and taken into custody. He was in possession of the officer’s gun.

Bond was set at $500,000 cash only.

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