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Minn. officer killed in ambush, sets off manhunt

Posted by on May. 2, 2010 at 6:38 AM
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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A suburban St. Paul police officer was killed during an ambush Saturday morning, setting off a massive manhunt that ended with one suspect dead and another in custody, authorities said.

Maplewood Police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, 49, was fatally shot while responding to a reported carjacking. A jogger on a nearby trail heard the shot that killed Bergeron, a married father of two and a 26-year police veteran, and turned back around to see two suspects fleeing, police said.

The jogger used the officer's radio to call for help, and the carjacking victim warned police that at least one of the suspects was armed.

"We're all grieving," Maplewood Police Chief David Thomalla said. "He's one of the finest people I know, and he was murdered today senselessly."

The attack set off an hours-long search by more than 100 officers from over a dozen law enforcement agencies. Officers brandished automatic rifles and police helicopters circled overhead as they searched a wooded area and neighborhoods east of Lake Phalen, near the shooting scene.

Nearly four hours after the shooting, 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 identified the man as Jason John Jones, 21, of St. Paul, and said he was one of the shooting suspects.

The officer suffered a broken nose and possibly a fractured eye socket, St. Paul police chief John Harrington said. The officer's name hasn't been released, which Harrington said is standard in an officer-involved shooting.

About two hours later, police closed in on the second suspect — Joshua Michael Martin, 21, of Saint Paul — at a nearby apartment near the border of St. Paul and Maplewood, in a neighborhood dotted with small storefronts and well-established older homes.

Martin threatened and tried to commit suicide, but was taken into custody with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said. He was booked into jail on the probable cause charge of murder.

Bergeron was the 17th officer to die in the line of duty in the state since 2000, according to the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memorial Association.

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Della529
by on May. 2, 2010 at 7:46 AM

I'm sorry for the officer and his family.

tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM

 

Quoting Della529:

I'm sorry for the officer and his family.

 Me too...I am glad they found the ones who did this...

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

Barabell
by Member on May. 2, 2010 at 8:55 PM


Quoting Della529:

I'm sorry for the officer and his family.


Malapertinent
by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Talking to my MIL today.  She's the under-sheriff here, I do believe that we are getting more and more ballsy, as a society, and killing law enforcement.  It's horrible.

tericared
by on May. 2, 2010 at 11:29 PM

 

Quoting Malapertinent:

Talking to my MIL today.  She's the under-sheriff here, I do believe that we are getting more and more ballsy, as a society, and killing law enforcement.  It's horrible.

 I have to agree,,,,people are getting very bold..

Every asshole who ever chanted 'Drill baby drill' should have to report to the Gulf coast today for cleanup duty. -Bill Maher

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