Last weekend, a suburban St. Paul officer was ambushed and murdered. This set off a massive manhunt that ended with one suspect dead and another in custody.
Maplewood Police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron age 49, was married, father of two and a 26-year police veteran. He was responding to a reported carjacking when two suspects shot and killed him as he sat in his patrol car. A jogger witnessed the shooting and used the officer’s radio to call for help. The police knew that at least one of the suspects was armed.
More than 100 officers from over a dozen law enforcement agencies carried out a search for the two suspects. Officers used automatic rifles and police helicopters to circle overhead as they searched a wooded area and neighborhoods east of Lake Phalen, near the shooting scene.
After four hours, a man darted out of the woods holding a toolbox and an officer tried to question him. The two scuffled, and authorities said the officer shot the man multiple times. Police said the 21-year-old man was one of the shooting suspects and has a criminal history that includes armed robbery. His name hasn’t been released. Unfortunately, the officer suffered a broken nose and possibly a fractured eye socket.
About two hours later, police closed in on the second suspect at a nearby apartment near St. Paul and Maplewood area. The man threatened to commit suicide, but was taken into custody with non-life threatening injuries. His name and what charges he faces have not been released.
This senseless murder of officer Bergeron by two low-life criminals makes it the 17th officer to die in the line of duty in the state of Minnesota since 2000.