ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. - A jury has found a man accused of shooting and paralyzing a Florissant police guilty.
Brian Cannon was found guilty of burglary, assault, and armed criminal action for a 2012 burglary and shooting. The trial lasted four days with both the accused and the victim, Officer Mike Vernon, taking the stand.
Florissant Police Chief Tim Lowery says this conviction is a long time coming for the department. He says this incident rocked Vernon and his family, the department, and the community of Florissant.
The shooting happened in May 2012 when Vernon was responding to a burglary call around 3:30 a.m. Vernon was searching the area and when he found the Brian Cannon, who shot him three times. Police would later find Cannon hiding in a backyard.
Vernon was rushed to the hospital and is now paralyzed from the waist down. St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCullough personally took on this case.
Chief Lowery says he's grateful to McCullough and everyone involved in closing this chapter.
"It's been almost two years now and I can tell you it almost seems like ten," said Chief Lowery. "It still a lot of sleepless nights, worrying about things just making sure that everything was done properly, which I had a lot of confidence in that it was but you still always worry about things."
The chief says Vernon and his wife now live in Tennessee and are expecting their first child.
Cannon has yet to be sentenced.