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Man Accused of Paralyzing Florissant Officer Faces Additional Charges

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - More than 18 months after Florissant police officer Michael Vernon was shot and paralyzed, the man accused of shooting him faces new charges.

A St. Louis County grand jury has indicted Brian Cannon Jr. on eight additional counts, including two each of burglary and stealing motor vehicles, and one each of theft, being a felon with a gun, receiving a stolen gun, and armed criminal action.

Those charges are in addition to the burglary, armed criminal action, and assaulting an officer charges filed in May of 2012.

Prosecutors say the additional charges stem from the crimes Cannon committed early that Memorial Day Monday when he allegedly shot Vernon after jumping from a trash bin at Lindbergh Boulevard and Cougar Drive where he was hiding after a burglary.

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