Nixon won’t lead trade trip to Europe, citing Ballwin officer shooting

Gov. Jay Nixon responded Sunday to the bloodshed that has shaken the nation and state by canceling his participation in a trade mission to Europe.

The governor was scheduled to depart Tuesday for the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland. Other members of the delegation will return to Missouri following the completion of meetings in Dublin.

The announcement that he would not be joining a delegation of business, economic and elected leaders in Europe follows the shooting of police officer Michael Flamion, critically wounded by a motorist during a traffic stop Friday morning in Ballwin.

Police charged Antonio Taylor, 31, of St. Louis in connection with the shooting.

Flamion remained on Sunday in critical but stable condition at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur.

Nixon has been criticized by some for his response following the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson. Some accused him of being “missing in action” during the early days of unrest there.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missourinet

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