Trial Begins for Man Who Shot Florissant Cop

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The man charged with shooting and paralyzing Florissant Police officer Mike Vernon will begin facing the people who will decide his fate.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin for the trial of Brian Cannon Junior who’s charged with 11 counts stemming from the shooting and other crimes he allegedly committed on that Memorial Day Monday in 2012.

Prosecutors say the convicted felon was armed with a stolen firearm, when he broke into a home, stole a car and then stole a purse from another car. He ran after being interrupted while stealing a TV from another home.

As Officer Vernon walked around a shopping center looking for him, Cannon jumped from a trash dumpster and opened fire, hitting Vernon three times.

Cannon then stole another vehicle, but couldn’t escape the area. He was found hiding in a garage.

The trial is expected to last five days.

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