Video Report: Trial starts for man charged with wounding Missouri police officer Aaron Pearson

Joshua Hagood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A trial is underway for a man charged in the shooting of a Springfield police officer who survived a gunshot wound to the head.

KYTV ( ) reports that opening statements were made Monday in Greene County Circuit Court for 32-year-old Joshua Hagood. He is charged with felony assault on an officer, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property.

Officer Aaron Pearson was shot in January 2015 while investigating suspicious activity in northeast Springfield. The shooting ended his career.

Doctors initially warned he might never walk or talk again. But he has relearned how to do both, as well as how to run, lift weights and play sports. Pearson won’t testify because he can’t remember being shot.

If convicted, Hagood could face a life sentence.