St. Louis man sentenced 20 years in officer shooting case

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | 7:40 a.m. CDT; updated 4:15 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 19, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man who shot a police officer has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in federal prison.

Vernon Collins pleaded guilty in May to one felony count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

The shooting happened in March 2001 after the officer was called to a disturbance. Collins ran from the home and the officer caught him. They struggled and Collins was able to grab the officer's gun and fire one shot.

The officer suffered a graze wound to the stomach and leg. He was treated at a hospital and released.

Collins was captured a few minutes later.

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