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Suspect in Ballwin officer shooting appears in court for first time

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Suspect in Ballwin officer shooting appears in court for first time

Officer Flamion remains in critical but stable condition

Suspect in Ballwin officer shooting appears in court for first time

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) _ The suspect in the shooting of a suburban St. Louis police officer made his first court appearance Monday morning as the officer remained hospitalized.

Antonio Taylor was arraigned on charges of assault of a police officer, armed criminal action and possessing a firearm as a felon. He’s accused of ambushing Ballwin police officer Michael Flamion during a traffic stop on Friday.

St. Louis County police spokesman Benjamin Granda says Flamion remains in critical but stable condition.

Authorities say Flamion was shot from behind as he walked back to his car after stopping Taylor’s car for speeding. The shooting occurred the day after five officers were shot and killed in Dallas, but authorities have not offered any possible motive for the Missouri shooting.

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