Trial starts Monday for man accused of shooting, paralyzing an officer

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KTVI) – Trial begins today for a man accused of shooting a police officer.

Brian Lamont Cannon is scheduled to face a jury Monday, accused of shooting Florissant Police Officer Michael Vernon in May of 2012.

Prosecutors say he forced his way into a home, with several women inside before stealing money and the car in the driveway. They also say he was trying to steal a flat-screen television from another home, when a burglar alarm sounded. Officer Vernon then found Cannon hiding in a shopping center when the suspect allegedly shot the officer several times.

Vernon was paralyzed from the waist down. Cannon is charged with burglary, assault and armed criminal action.