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Suspect in Ballwin police officer shooting has long criminal history

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A south St. Louis man is facing charges for allegedly shooting a Ballwin police officer Friday morning.

Antonio Taylor, 31, is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Taylor was stopped by a Ballwin officer for a traffic violation Friday morning on New Ballwin Road, police said. When the officer went back to his car to do paperwork, Taylor allegedly got out of his car and shot the officer.

The officer is critical condition.

Investigators say Taylor has a long, criminal history in numerous states including a conviction for weapons violation in 2006 in Oklahoma. He was released in 2009, but plead guilty to weapons charges later that same year. 

He has also faced federal charges for felony possession in downtown St. Louis and was convicted and served another 30 months in prison. In 2013, prosecutors say he was picked up again for Los Angeles police for violating his probation and served two more years in prison. He was released in 2015.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Taylor will be arraigned Monday.

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