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Shooting in Preston, suspect flees to Winona (12/23/2012)
By Emily Buss

Roger James Bergman, 39, of Canton, was taken into custody Friday afternoon after he fled the scene of an alleged shooting and led area law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit from Preston, Minn., to County Road 12 near Wilson.

According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, the man shot a 49-year-old woman inside a residence in Preston at approximately 12:20 p.m. Friday, and then fled the scene in a blue GMC pickup. Jensen said at least one witness was inside the residence when the shooting occurred and was able to identify the shooter as the Canton man.

Shortly before 1 p.m., a Rushford police officer observed the suspect’s vehicle on Highway 16 between Whalan and Peterson, Minn., and began pursuit.

Winona County Sheriff Dave Brand said the suspect then crossed into Winona County on Interstate 90, took the Winona exit, and came to a stop on County Road 12, one mile east of Highway 43. After a 30-minute standoff with the suspect, law enforcement took him into custody.

“The man sat in his truck for a bit but did not fire off any rounds,” Brand said. “We didn’t fire any at him, and then he turned himself in.”

The Winona Police Department, Houston Sheriff’s Department, and Minnesota State Patrol assisted in the pursuit and standoff.

Sheriff Jensen said the shooting victim was transported to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester with an apparent gunshot wound and is currently undergoing emergency surgery. At the time this issue was going to press, a condition update on the woman was not available.

Fillmore Central Schools were put on a temporary lock down while the chase was underway, but Sheriff Jensen said once officers located the suspect, the lock down was expired.

The Preston Police Department, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the case. 

 

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