Man Convicted of Shooting, Paralyzing Officer
CLAYTON (AP) - A St. Louis man faces sentencing April 11 after being convicted of shooting suburban St. Louis police officer Michael Vernon, leaving the officer paralyzed from the waist down.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 22-year-old Brian Lamont Cannon Jr. was found guilty Thursday of first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of burglary, car theft and other felonies.
The shooting happened May 28, 2012. Vernon, of the Florissant Police Department, was searching a back alley for a burglar when a gunman popped out of a trash bin and fired three shots. Vernon was hit three times, one bullet lodging in his spine.
About 20 of Vernon's former colleagues sat in the St. Louis County courtroom to watch testimony in the case.