Ballwin, MO (KTRS) The Ballwin Police Department has released the identity of the officer who was shot during a traffic stop on Friday.
The injured officer has been identified as 31-year-old Mike Flamion. He joined the Ballwin Police Department in 2014. Flamion previously served as an officer with the DeSoto Police Department for 7 years.
On Friday morning, Flamion was shot during a traffic stop in the 300 block of New Ballwin Road. The officer remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition.
The suspect, 31-year-old Antonio Taylor was arrested after a brief foot chase. Taylor has been charged first-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, and being a felon in possession of a weapon.
The Ballwin Police Department posted this message about Flamion on Facebook:
Officer Flamion is highly regarded by everyone in the department. His sense of humor and professional demeanor make him a centerpiece of our department. Mike is an outstanding officer whom the citizens of Ballwin should be proud to call their own.
Officer Flamion has committed himself to keeping the communities he has served safe during his time in law enforcement.
In return the community has shown Officer Flamion, his family, and the entire Ballwin Police family an amazing amount of support and compassion. We are overwhelmed by the communities’ response and we thank you from the bottom of our collective heart.
Our heartfelt thoughts are with Officer Flamion and his family during this difficult time. As we continue to provide professional service to the community we ask for your continued support.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Officer Flamion and his family.