Family: Officer's Paralysis Likely Permanent
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.