Family: Officer's Paralysis Likely Permanent

7 years 4 months 1 week ago Friday, June 01 2012 Jun 1, 2012 Friday, June 01, 2012 7:06:08 AM CDT June 01, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

FLORISSANT (AP) - A Florissant police officer who suffered a spinal cord injury when he was shot by a suspect is likely permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

KMOV-TV (http://bit.ly/Ll4hoz ) reports that relatives of 33-year-old officer Mike Vernon were told by doctors that the paralysis is probably permanent.

Vernon was shot three times around 3 a.m. Monday when a burglary suspect jumped out of a dumpster and ambushed him.

Vernon remains in critical condition at DePaul Hospital.

The suspect, Brian Cannon Jr., is jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond.

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