St. Louis-area officer shot in traffic stop identified
BALLWIN (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police officer who was shot and critically injured during a traffic stop has been identified.
The Ballwin Police Department said Saturday night that the officer, Mike Flamion, was known for his sense of humor and professionalism. The department says he joined the force in 2014, following seven years as an officer in De Soto, Missouri.
Authorities say Flamion was shot from behind Friday. The suspect, 31-year-old parolee Antonio Taylor, is facing charges including assault of an officer.
Ballwin's police chief has declined to speculate about a motive, including whether the shooting had racial overtones. Flamion is white. Taylor is black.
The shooting came after five Dallas police officers were killed during a protest over the recent fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.