Update: Police Questioning Person of Interest Following Shooting of Florissant Police Officer

Mike Vernon, the Florissant Police officer who was shot early Monday morning, remains in critical condition at a local hospital.

Updated as of 12:15 p.m.

officials are in the process of , a 33-year-old police officer, twice early Monday morning. 

What was once believed to be a two person crime has been narrowed to one, Florissant police spokesman Andy Haarman said, and the search for the shooter is winding down as officials believe they have their man.

Haarman said he was unaware if a weapon had been retrieved in their search.

Vernon was shot twice in an attempt to stop a burglar. He was shot in the Surrey Plaza Shopping Center when he approached the suspect.

Vernon was in critical condition undergoing surgery this morning. 

As of 10:40 a.m., Vernon's surgery had to be stopped because of extensive bleeding. Police officials remain hopeful for recovery. 

Haarman said that more than 100-150 police officers from multiple municipal and state agencies, including St. Louis County Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol and police as far as West County helped in the early hours of the investigation. Haarman said that the is extremely grateful for all of their efforts.

The burglary happened initially in the Banstead Road area, and police investigated a two-mile radius for suspects, Haarman said. 

For more on this story, read Patch's article.

Aja J. Junior contributed to this story.

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janedo May 31, 2012 at 01:42 AM
My cousin was beaten to death and dumped in a creek in Florissant and the police still don't know or have any leads... Florissant police are wack.... better yet they suck.... yeah this neighborhood isn't what it used to be but when the people who are supposed to protect you don't care about you... then why should we care about them .....
Matt May 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Tell that to Stacey...she doesn't have a clue....
janedo May 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I'm with you Matt.. she's tripping.... and Stacy the only reason we still have the "florissant" police department is because they make so much revenue from frivolous stops and BS tickets that St. Louis county does not have to take them over. Oh yeah my cousin was kidnapped back in 2009 and no one has been charged with his murder yet!!! Its sad one Guy in a blue uniform gets shot and can bring out 150 officers to search for a suspect but I can't even get one officer in florissant to give me 15 minutes to get information on a COLD CASE... you might not know what that is Stacy seeing how u think all criminals get caught... wake up
ward y June 01, 2012 at 01:32 AM
good job janedo, i see more Florissant cops sitting trying to get revenue from speeders than patroling and keeping an eye on the city.
stacey June 01, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Once again, while everyone is taking my words out of context, I NEVER said all criminals are caught!! I said I have heard of no major crime in Florissant recently or at all where the suspect wasn't caught quickly! I'm sorry to hear about your cousin, and have never heard about this cold case. I'm willing to bet there are many reasons I haven't. Have you, YOURSELF advocated for your cousin? Put his picture/case out? Was he involved in drugs? Or with the wrong crowd? Did you call media outlets to get the story out? Many families have done just that. I'm willing to bet his murder did not result in an immediate danger to society therefore not needing to be told publicly. Have you ever checked where the money goes from red light camera tickets? It's not the Police Dept mam. And we are not the only city with the camera's at lights therefore, invalid. One of the main reasons for the camera's was to make officers more available in other area's. I personally don't like the camera's because I've seen many accidents, or close to from people stopping quickly at yellow lights, avoiding 100$ fee, & car behind them hits them!


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