Vernon Collins: Suspect Charge With Wrestling Gun From St. Louis Cop, Shooting Him

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Collins: Suspect has a lengthy rap sheet.
A St. Louis police officer is home recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg and another victim remains hospitalized with stab wounds after a disturbance early this morning in north St. Louis.

According to St. Louis police, an officer responded to the 5200 block of St. Louis Avenue around 1 a.m. to find a 52-year-old man stabbed on the sidewalk and the stabbing suspect still inside the victim's home. The suspect then fled the residence only to be caught by the officer. A struggle ensued that ended with the suspect wrestling the officer's gun away from him and firing a shot.

Police arrested the suspect a few minutes later at Norwood Court and Norwood Drive with the officer's weapon in his possession, according to police. This afternoon prosecutors charged Vernon Lamont Collins, 34, with first-degree assault, disarming a peace officer, resisting arrest and two counts of armed criminal action. Collins, of the 4300 block of Ellenwood, remains in custody with bail set at $500,000 cash-only.

The officer, a 30-year-old with less than two years' experience on the force, was treated and released with graze wounds to his torso and leg. The stabbing victim remains hospitalized and was last reported to be in "stable" condition.

Court records show Collins pleaded guilty to motor vehicle theft in 1993, was sentenced to prison in 1995 for stealing and second-degree burglary after violating his probation from a 1992 arrest on similar charges and pleaded guilty to tampering with a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property in 2006.

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I'm surprised, Chad, that you didn't decide to make fun of the officer and glorify the criminal for doing what he did. Just more of those armed nuts getting what they deserve, right?

Amir Kurtovic
Amir Kurtovic

If "disarming a peace officer" doesn't show up as an example of oxymoron in the next Webster's Dictionary I will switch to Oxford. Did you hear me Random House? You've been put on notice.


Merriam-Webster defines "oxymoron" as the following:

: a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness); broadly : something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements

Could you please clarify what you find to be an oxymoron in the above article?

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