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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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Rob May 28, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Yet another example of how are once great town of Florissant is turning into a not so great place. Sad day.
stacey May 29, 2012 at 06:21 AM
I'd once again, have to disagree Rob. My prayers go to the officer who was shot & and his family first and foremost. I'm not going to agrue, just would like to say how I viewed this incident in a much different way. These crimes HAPPEN EVERYWHERE, not just Florissant! I've heard many news stories from surrounding area's where everyone says, "Nothing ever happens here". If ANYTHING my view is this crime sets an example for other criminals that the Florissant Police Department WILL catch you!!! Not too many recent crimes/murders/serious incidents have happened here in the last few years where our Police Department was unable to find/arrest/the suspects quickly! I've never heard of any of the public being harmed or in harms way due to the Florissant Police Dept. If anything they are showing the criminals, that it's NOT going to happen here! If people like you would support instead of degrate the Dept. or leave if it bothers you that much it'd be even easier to spread the message!! Thanks to the officer wounded, and all the officers that helped to keep us safe. Robberies are UP all over the country, sir, due to the economy as well as many other factors. The cities with less crime are the ones uniting & fighting back as well as having a very vigulant, well trained Police Dept.
erin May 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Stacey, well said.
Matt May 29, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Stacey... wake up and smell the coffee, North County has been going down the crapper for 20 years. I am speaking from experience, I was raised in North County, there are things that are going on in my old neighborhood that would have never happened 20 years ago. I am always amazed at these people who ignore all the statistics and facts and act like North County is still the same as it was 20 years ago. Statistics don't lie...Wake up!!! before it's to late. Matt
Matt May 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Ok you just keep on thinking North County as a whole hasn't changed....Go over to Glasgow Village and Bellefountaine if you think it hasn't changed. Good Luck....
J wolff May 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Stacey, You make no sence. Florissant has changed. People knew people in florissant. Families were families not having kids just so they could be on welfare. But because they could take care of there families by having a job that the mother could stay home. My parents didnt say lets have another child so we can get more money on welfare.Times are different. This officer is a great man trying to keep florissant like it was. But we get these city hud homes and yes it draws in the creeps. Thank goodness they caught this hoodlum. But that is 1 out of what 50? .
J wolff May 29, 2012 at 03:10 PM
That was not well said erin.
Matt May 29, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Well said J. Wolff
stacey May 29, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Wow!! Hoping you men have done your research before throwing stats out like that! I won't argue that Florissant hasn't changed!! HELLO, the whole nation/world has changed, and will continue to CHANGE!! Things, people, EVERYTHING changes, EVERYWHERE & NOT just IN FLORISSANT!! I've been here 30 years, & have done my research!! I have small children, and am NOT on welfare! And the growing welfare issue is with the ENTIRE COUNTRY, not just Florissant!! HUD homes are everywhere right now JAKE, even in Brentwood, where there was an armed robbery @ a bank yesterday!! OMGosh it wasn't Florissant!! OR the sex offender trying to lure kids w/candy @ a very popular park in WENTZVILLE (OMG), who they haven't caught yet!! Let that sex offender try thar #hit here, he'd been caught! Which SERIOUS crimes have happened in the last 20yrs here where they haven't found the criminals MR. KNOWITALL??? Please give dates too, so I can see for myself. And, as ALWAYS, you have the option to leave here, and go to a neighborhood w/0% CRIME!! Oh wait.....hmmmm....where would that be gentlemen?? Since you both know everything about this city, maybe it's time to explore other area's!!
Matt May 29, 2012 at 04:29 PM
LOL...Are you kidding me.I am from Glasgow village.I grew up there, I know people who just left there a year ago. They said it is like a war zone. Do you think I'm just pulling numbers out of my ass. This is first hand eyewitness accounts. There has been a couple of murders (drug related) 2 streets over from where I grew up all drug related just in the last 2 years. I can promise you it was not like that 30 years ago when I was there. Same as Spanish Lake,Belfountaine, Moline acres,Get a clue what you're talking about. I left all this crap 20 years ago.Best decision I ever made. Have a clue.....
stacey May 29, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Sir, are those area's you speak of even considered Florissant?? And, is all you have "eye witness accounts" from JOhn and Jane Doe?? I'm speaking of FLORISSANT, not the area's your speaking of, which i'm thinking are unicorporated? Not sure, will check soon:) I'm glad you made it out alive, SIR from the war zone you were living in :) I'm not around any of that, so won't speak on it until I know more facts (smart thing to do). I'm guessing suspects were killed or caught since you know they are drug related? Nonetheless, i'm glad you made it somewhere w/0% crime!!! Enjoy it, & let your past go, it'll only help you.
Matt May 29, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I said "NORTH COUNTY" not just Florissant. Read my first post. I did let my past go (North County), and your right,I'm much happier now. :)
stacey May 30, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Happy for you, Matt! However I still wonder of your sooo happy, and weren't even referring to Florissant...WHY are you commenting? Just an FYI this the Florissant Patch website. Anyone can join (i think), however I find it a little awkward that you are on here voicing an opinion about a city you never lived in. To each their own, and if you like it, I love it!! I love this website, and the fact I can voice my opinion, and agree to disagree with other people. In a different kind of way, we are uniting together as a city. Meaning those that still live here. As I leave this conversation, I will stress to all involved that the bottom line is we almost lost an amazing officer, someone who went to Iraq twice, protecting us all. Now he needs our good wishes, prayers, thoughts, and unity to help speed a full recovery, and get the word out that criminals can and do get caught.
J wolff May 30, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Stacey, There was no crime in florissant till the bussing started. And what did that bring in? Then when those people did move in they brought there families in to live with them. Now we have more section 8 housing then we ever have. So missy do tell me what we are missing here?
J wolff May 30, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Matt is commenting because he makes sence.Stacey florissant has changed and it is taking our police force to inforce the issues.
stacey May 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
J, I never said Florissant hasn't changed!! I said days ago, when replying to him that it HAS changed. Everything CHANGES!! Everywhere eventually changes!! Look at the bigger picture. Economy, foreclosures, etc. And, yes a person's upbringing has a lot to do with it also. It's not just Florissant or just Missouri, it's everywhere in this country. Yes, our police officers have to because it's their job, they've been trained to do it, and we should all be thankful they are there to do it!! Think about the changes Florissant has went through (changes you speak of) what would be happening if we had a Police Dept who was not thourghly trained, especially for dangerous situations like this! It would be wayyy worse than you could ever imagine. But once again the FPD showed these criminals who is boss, and once again we were all kept safe.
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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