Florissant, MO (KSDK) - Police officers from various agencies are investigating an early morning shooting of a Florissant police officer just after 3:00am Monday morning. A person of interest in the case is now being questioned by police.
Florissant Police spokesman Andy Haarmann identified the injured officer as 33-year old Mike Vernon.
According to Haarmann, Officer Vernon has been with the department for a total of seven years, beginning career as a corrections officer.
After three years in that role, Vernon became a patrolman which he's performed for the past four years with the Florissant Police Department.
Authorities say the injured officer is listed in critical condition following a preliminary surgical procedure. Officials say the injured officer will apparently need additional surgery once he's stabilzed.
Officer Vernon is married and has no children. He is a U.S. Army veteran serving two tours of duty in Iraq.
Officials say officers responded to a residential burglary in the area of the Wedgewood subdivision where they confirmed a missing television from a residence.
Authorities then heard one, possibly two people jumping fences behind the homes and gave chase.
Officer Vernon confronted the apparent suspect near a strip shopping center on North Lindbergh where three shots were fired at Vernon. It's believed Vernon was able to summon help after being struck.
Florissant Police spokesman Andy Haarmann says Vernon was struck twice by the gunfire, once in the chest or side and once in the shoulder. No word on where the third shot fired at the officer ended up.
Stay tuned for more details as they become available.