Brian Cannon Junior in court for Florissant officer shooting

7:48 AM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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Florissant, MO (KSDK) - NewsChannel 5 has learned the suspect charged in connection with the shooting of a Florissant police officer is making his initial court appearance today.

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office charged Brian Lamont Cannon, Jr. with armed criminal action, second-degree burglary and assault on a law enforcement officer. He was on probation at the time of the shooting.

Investigators said Cannon confessed to the crime and reenacted it for police.

Cannon is slated to be arraigned this morning before Judge Larry Permuter in St. Louis County Court.  H's held at the County Detention Center on a cash only bond of a half million dollars.

According to Haarmann, officers were called to the scene of a home burglary in the Wedgewood subdivision around 3 a.m. Monday.  Officers heard one, possibly two people jumping fences behind the homes and gave chase.

Officer Mike Vernon confronted a suspect near a shopping center on North Lindbergh. The suspect allegedly fired three shots at Vernon, hitting him in the chest or side and once in the shoulder.

It's believed Vernon was able to summon help after being struck.  Haarmann said Vernon was able to give a thorough description of the shooter, leading police to make a quick arrest.

Officer Vernon remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition, according to Haarmann.  He has a spinal cord injury and temporary paralysis. He cannot feel his feet, but his arms are functioning.  Vernon is in high spirits and is determined to make a recovery. 

Thuis morning's appearance is expected to take place via closed circuit camera.

Officer Mike Vernon, a U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, is married and has no children.

NewsChannel 5 will have more information on this story as it becomes available.


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