Sergeant Joseph Bergeron Maplewood Police Department Minnesota


Photograph: Sergeant Joseph Bergeron Patch image: Maplewood Police Department, Minnesota

Sergeant Joseph Bergeron
Maplewood Police Department

End of Watch: Saturday, May 1, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 49
Tour of Duty: 26 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Sergeant Joseph Bergeron was shot and killed at approximately 7:00 am while attempting to question two men in connection with an earlier carjacking incident.
He located the men near the intersection of English Street and Arlington Avenue, in St. Paul, approximately 10 minutes after responding to reports of the carjacking. As he exited his patrol car one of the men approached him and immediately opened fire, fatally wounding him.
A passerby who heard the shots and witnessed the shooter running from the scene immediately went to Sergeant Bergeron’s aide and used his radio to call for assistance. He was transported to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Approximately four hours after his shooting an officer assigned to the crime scene’s perimeter noticed one of the suspects walking out of nearby woods near Ivy Avenue and Prosperity Avenue. The officer confronted the suspect, who then struck him in the face with the toolbox, breaking his nose and fracturing his eye sockets. The officer was able to fatally shoot the suspect during the ensuing struggle over control of the officer’s weapon.
The second suspect surrendered to officers two hours later without further incident.
Sergeant Bergeron had served with the Maplewood Police Department for 26 years. He is survived by his wife and twin daughters.

Agency Contact Information
Maplewood Police Department
1830 County Road B East
Maplewood, MN 55109
Phone: (651) 249-2600
Please contact the Maplewood Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

People gathered Sunday morning at a memorial for Maplewood Sgt. Joseph Bergeron to remember, to share and to cry together.

There were laughs and smiles mixed with tears. Everyone had a story to tell of the man they knew and will miss.

"[He was] the most wonderful man you’d ever want to know," says Jane Nordrum, who knew Bergeron for 15 years. "He had twinkles in his eyes."

She knew him first when she was on the reserves, then later when she worked for him as a volunteer.

Nordrum shared her photo album with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, showing pictures considered family pictures, not police pictures. Pictures with people as close as family. She is still coming to terms with the idea that there won’t be any more new pictures in her album.

"It’s almost like you had millions and millions of dollars just lying around you, and then all of a sudden it’s gone," Nordrum said.

Nordrum says he was the kind of person who lifted everyone’s spirits and that he was good at everything he did, on the job and at home. Bergeron was married with 13-year-old twin daughters.

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