Police memorial vandalized


The memorial for Maplewood Police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, who was shot while on duty, was vandalized on either Nov. 21 or 22. (submitted photo)

The St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District reported that the Sgt. Bergeron Memorial was vandalized sometime between 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 and 9 a.m. on Nov. 22. 

The memorial, which sits at the intersection of Arlington Avenue East and North English Street, was covered in white paint.

The engraved stone was built to memorialize Maplewood police officer Sgt. Joseph Bergeron, who was shot and killed on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at around 7 a.m. while attempting to question two men in relation to a carjacking incident.

Bergeron had located two suspects near the intersection of English Street and Arlington Avenue ten minutes after a report came through of a carjacking.

He found the men near the intersection approximately 10 minutes after responding to the report. As he exited his patrol car, one of the men approached him and immediately opened fire, fatally wounding him.

Bergeron was a 26-year veteran of the Maplewood Police Dept.

Police have not identified any suspects in the vandalizing of the memorial. Police are seeking tips and encourage the public to come forward with any information by calling 651-266-5740.

— Patrick Larkin

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