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Cannon Trial: Paralyzed Officer Set to Testify

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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – It figures to be an emotional Thursday morning at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Clayton as Florissant Police Officer Mike Vernon faces the man accused of shooting and paralyzing him nearly two years ago.

Vernon, now in a wheelchair, is expected to be the prosecution’s last witness in the trial of Brian Cannon Junior.

With Cannon sitting just feet away, Vernon is expected to describe how Cannon jumped up from a trash bin behind a strip mall at Lindbergh and Trotter Way and shot him three times from just five feet away.

Vernon was among the officers searching for Cannon who had allegedly burglarized two homes and stolen two cars on that Memorial Day Monday two years ago.

After the shooting, police say Cannon stole a third vehicle and broke into a garage where he was tracked down by police dogs.

Cannon is on trial on 11 felony counts.

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