Maria Keena

Updated: 11:35 a.m.

FLORISSANT, MO (KMOX) –  A Florissant police officer remains hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot while answering a burglary call early Monday. Police have one person in custody.

The officer is identified as 33-year-old Michael Vernon, a 7-year-old veteran of the police force, military veteran, and former corrections officer.

Florissant police spokesman Andy Haarmann says two officers responded to a home break-in on North Lindbergh around 3 a.m. and confirmed that a burglary had taken place. While still at the scene Officer Vernon spotted two people running from the residences.

One man turned and fired three shots at Vernon, who was struck in the shoulder and side despite the fact he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

“Both shots missed the vest,” says Haarmann.

Florissant officers along with those from numerous other area police departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have fanned out across the Wedgewood subdivision north of the shooting scene.

“There’s a person that they’re talking to right now that may or may not be part of this,” Haarmann explains.

A person of interest was being questioned Monday afternoon. No information was released on the second suspect.

Officer Vernon is undergoing surgery at Depaul Hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to call Florissant police at (314) 831-7000, or simply dial 911.


A Florissant Police Officer has been shot,  that officer is listed in serious, but stable condition.

Florissant Police tell  KMOX the officer was responding to a burglary in progress when the suspects fired three shots, hitting the officer twice.

One person is being questioned, a  second suspect is at large in the Wedgewood neighborhood…..He is African American, has dreadlocks and was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

The shooting happened in the area of 28-hundred North Highway 67 around 3:00 this morning.

Several police agencies, k-9 units and the helicopter are assisting in the search. Residents are being advised to stay in their homes and if they see anything suspicious to call 911.

Stay tuned to KMOX on air and online for additional information.

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