A suburban St. Louis police officer shot in the neck during a traffic stop 24 hours after five cops were slain in Dallas is paralyzed from the neck down.

Michael Flamion, 31, was gunned down from behind on July 8 after stopping a man for speeding in Ballwin, an affluent Missouri town of around 30,000 residents.

Michael Flamion

Michael Flamion

Antonio Taylor, 31, was arrested on suspicion of shooting the nine-year department veteran the same day after cops chased him down nearby.

Antonio Taylor

Antonio Taylor

He is believed to have fired and hit Flamion as he walked to his squad car to run a check.

Taylor, who has an extensive criminal record, is behind bars on a $500,000 bond and is facing several charges, including first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer.


Flamion’s injuries qualified him for financial assistance from the Catastrophic Injury Fund of the Backstoppers, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to the families of slain first responders.

The department has also set up a GoFundMe page to help with the medical bills.

By Monday afternoon, they had raised more than $193,000.

A children’s lemonade stand raised $4,000, and several restaurants are banding together for a fundraiser in which proceeds from dinner will go to the family.


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