Police: Missouri Officer Shot During Traffic Stop Still in Critical Condition

The Missouri police officer who was shot in an ambush attack over the weekend is still in critical condition, the police department said Tuesday.

The Ballwin Police Department said officer Mike Flamion, who was shot during a routine traffic stop in St. Louis County, is stable, but “it is coming to light that his life, and that of his family, will forever be changed by his injuries.”

“He will require long-term medical care,” the police department said, “and we are confident that the community will stand by him on his long and difficult journey.”

The silver lining to his shooting, Ballwin Police added, is the support he’s received from the community. “We have all been humbled by this generosity,” it said.

“The family realizes that it’s impossible to thank each person individually, but they want you to know there are no words to express their gratitude for your ongoing support,” the department stated. “From the kind words and handwritten notes, to the blue ribbons hung throughout our city, to the food and financial donations. The family has been deeply touched by each one of these kind acts.”

This week, local children sold lemonade for Flamion’s family, generating more than $4,000 from sales. A GoFundMe page was also created by the police department for his family. As of Wednesday, nearly $150,000 have been donated through the website.

Ballwin Police Chief Kevin Scott elaborated more on Flamion’s condition to CBS Local.

“He’s alert and he knows his fellow police officers when they go in there,” he said. “He enjoys seeing them show up in uniform, and so there’s no question that the power of prayer across this region is working for Mike.”

Flamion, who joined the police department in 2014, was shot in the neck. Antonio Taylor, 31, was charged in the shooting. He was captured on foot and was later charged with with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, and possession of a firearm as a felon.