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Preston man charged with shooting

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston Police Reports

Roger Bergmann

Friday December 21, 2012, Roger James Bergmann, 39 of Preston, shot a woman at her home in Preston and fled the police. During the pursuit, there were 40 minutes when the police didn’t know where he was, but he was later apprehended in Winona County after a 30-minute standoff.

While the police were pursuing Bergmann, Fillmore Central Schools were put on lockdown as a precaution. The students were released after receiving an all clear from the Sheriff’s Department.

The 49-year-old woman was shot in the neck. She was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester and treated for her injuries. After the shooting, Bergmann allegedly called a friend and told him what happened. There was another man at the home, Eric Newman, who witnessed the shooting. He told police Bergmann held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.

Bergmann appeared before Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday, December 24. He faced two charges of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm/terrorize, which has a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, $50,000 or both. He also faced charges of assault in the 1st degree- bodily harm, and assault in the 2nd degree- with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, $35,000 or both. There were charges of attempted murder in the 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree, as well as assault in the 2nd degree, terroristic threats, drugs in the 5th degree- schedule IV possess controlled substance mix, and possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not a small amount of marijuana, fleeing a peace officer, and possession of a pistol with a previous felony charge.

There was a woman who saw the victim running out of her house holding her neck, which was bleeding, and she helped the woman and called an ambulance.

Bergmann allegedly admitted to having shot the woman. Police allegedly found methamphetamines in Bergmann’s truck and at his residence. He had previously been convicted of domestic assault charges, and the gun and ammunition were found in his truck.

Bergmann’s next court appearance will be on December 31, 2012. His bail was set for $500,000 conditional and $1,000,000 unconditional.

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