Reserve Officer Fred Bemard Bergmann

Reserve Officer Fred Bemard Bergmann

St. Charles Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, October 19, 1976

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Fred Bemard Bergmann

Reserve Officer Fred Bergmann succumbed to gunshot wounds he received when he responded to a burglary-in-progress at the St. Charles Gas Company at 212 North Main Street in St. Charles.

Officer Bergmann found the rear door to the business opened and went inside to investigate. He was shot and killed as he entered the business. The suspect was apprehended a short time later.

Officer Bergmann was transferred to the Christian Northeast Hospital where he died from his wounds to his neck and abdomen.

The subject was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 40 years to life in April of 1978. Because of alleged threats against his life, he was transferred to the Arizona State Penitentiary. He escaped in July of 1980 and was captured in New York City in March of 1981. He was returned to the Arizona State Penitentiary, where he escaped again on September 19th, 1987. He was arrested in New York City two months later for aggravated assault and burglary.

Officer Bergmann had served with the St. Charles Police Department for one year. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, mother, and sister.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, September 12, 1976
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 40 years to life


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I responded to this call on a quiet Sunday as Rueben got on Radio and said Fred got shot. I pulled Fred out of the St Charles Gas Company to paramedics as Tullock was still shooting at Russodo at the rear. Russado was a Federal Protected Criminal Witness to which we we not advised located in our City doing burglaries.
I was a rookie at SCPD and was also a Reserve Officer with Fred was with SCPD.. I saw Fred at times he Volunteered unselfishly to our community.
Fred has been on my mind every year and will never be forgotten.

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Retired SCPD

May 13, 2024

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