Vernon Collins charged with shooting a St. Louis police officer

12:28 PM, Mar 1, 2011   |    comments
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Vernon Lamont Collins

St. Louis (KSDK) - A 34-year-old St. Louis man faces charges after a police officer was shot in his leg following a stabbing.

Police said Vernon Lamont Collins, 34, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, first-degree assault, armed criminal action, disarming a peace officer while the officer is performing official duties and resisting arrest.

The officer was treated at Barnes Jewish Hospital and has been released.

Police said the 30-year-old officer responded to prowler call at a home in the 5200 block of St. Louis Avenue around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. When he arrived, he found a 52-year-old stabbing victim. The suspect was still at the scene and tried to take off.

The officer chased down the suspect and they got into a struggle over the officer's gun. Collins is accused of shooting the officer and then taking off with the gun, according to police.

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

Collins was caught at Norwood Court and Norwood Drive and was taken into custody. Police said he had the officer's gun.

The officer has been a police officer for a year and eight months.


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