Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: In custody
Officer Berte was shot and killed by another officer in the department's garage.
Patrolman Berte had gone to the police garage to pick up a cruiser. He and a patrolman assigned to the garage began arguing as they filled his cruiser with gasoline. The argument turned into a scuffle, and the patrolman was shot with a service revolver. He died at Wesson Memorial Hospital. The other officer was charged with murder.
Officer Berte had served with the Springfield Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.