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.