Community rallys to support ambushed Ballwin police officer

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BALLWIN, MO (KPLR) – Blue ribbons hang outside Ballwin City Hall as well as the Police Department and mailboxes in West County neighborhoods.

A steady stream of people has visited the Ballwin Police Department, hoping to show officers they appreciate their service.

Ballwin Officer Michael Flamion was shot Friday morning after a routine traffic stop. He stopped convicted felon Antonio Taylor, who now faces more felony charges after reportedly ambushing officer Flamion, shooting him in the back.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch added that they thought Taylor shot Officer Flamion once while he was already down. Citizens are showing support in many ways. Some people are hanging ribbons and others are bringing food, like Ellisville Elementary School’s Principal Allison Loy.

“All the county police departments in Rockwood have close connections and so we just wanted to show our appreciation and show our support through this difficult time that Ballwin is experiencing,” Loy said.

A judge arraigned suspect Taylor this morning on charges of assault on a police officer, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm. Taylor has already been convicted three previous times for being a felon in possession and served less than four years combined for it.

Ballwin Officer Michael Flamion remains in critical and stable condition.

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