White Missouri Police Officer Shot in the Back by Black ‘Career Criminal’ During Traffic Stop Is Paralyzed from the Neck Down
AP, July 19, 2016
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.
Antonio Taylor, 31, was arrested on suspicion of shooting the nine-year department veteran the same day after cops chased him down nearby.
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.