BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Ballwin Police Officer Mike Flamion is paralyzed from the neck down after being shot during a traffic stop, Police Chief Kevin Scott said during a press conference Monday.
In the press conference, Chief Scott said Officer Flamion is responsive, alert, recognizes all family, friends and coworkers and nods “yes and no” responses. He also said Officer Flamion is attempting to mouth words and is intubated in the intensive care unit. The officer will require extensive long-term care.
“Officer Flamion has so dedicatedly served the Ballwin community, and he is forever deserving of our long-term support,” Chief Scott said. “Although it is evident he will not be able to serve in the same capacity, I will assure you that Officer Flamion is ingrained in the Ballwin police family and will forever be a Ballwin police officer, no questions asked.”
Mike Flamion’s wife, Sarah, was also present at the press conference. She says she is taking everything day by day.
“The support is overwhelming. Every day I’m at the hospital. There’s Ballwin police officers, police officers from other municipalities, county, the police wives. There’s so many people wanting to help anyway they can. It is an overwhelming feeling but it is a great feeling," said Sarah.
Officer Flamion was shot around 11 a.m. July 8 after pulling a suspect, later identified as Antonio Taylor, over for speeding in the 300 block of New Ballwin Road. During the traffic stop, the officer walked back to his vehicle to process paperwork and was allegedly shot in the left side of his neck by Taylor.
The suspect was taken into custody about a half hour after the shooting, police said.
In the days after the shooting, a GoFundMe page was created for the family with the goal of raising $250,000 to help with intensive care. In addition to the fundraising page, upwards of 30 Ballwin-area restaurants pledged to donate a portion of their proceeds on Monday to the officer, and the City of DeSoto is selling T-Shirts to raise money.
“The support from the entire St. Louis region has been beyond words. I know that the support for Officer Flamion will never waver because I can ensure you Mike, he really loves Ballwin and it’s apparent that Ballwin really loves Mike," said Chief Scott.
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