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Marionville officer involved in shooting

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Marionville officer is on paid suspension while the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigates a fatal shooting in which he was involved.

According to Marionville Police Chief Mark Webb, the officer answered a call to Applelane Townhomes in Marionville on Saturday evening in response to a report of a woman being held against her will.

Upon arrival, the officer encountered the subject, Adam R. Bergseth, 37, whose last known address was Springfield. Bergseth approached the officer in a threatening manner while wielding scissors and the officer shot the suspect.

The incident is still under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The victim had no prior run-ins with the Marionville Police Department but was known to Springfield and Greene County authorities as a known parole absconder and a persistent driving while intoxicated offender since 2003, according to Missouri Case.net.

"Who knows what he was thinking?" Webb said of Bergseth. "The guy was definitely not a Boy Scout. He may have considered it a 'now or never, do or die' situation. We may never know."

Toxicology and autopsy reports are pending from the Lawrence County Coroner's Office.

The officer had previously worked security for Cox Health Systems and at the Strafford Police Department. Webb reported he had never been involved in a line-of-duty shooting prior to this occasion.

"In my 31 years in law enforcement, I've never had to shoot someone," Webb said. "It's pretty traumatic.

"We are finding there is more to the story than we were originally told," Webb said. He did not elaborate on those details.

Marionville Police Department has a staff of two full-time officers and three part-time officers. Officers from the Aurora Police Department augmented holiday coverage for the Marionville community over the Fourth of July holiday.

"We are looking at this as a lesson in how to improve the way officers respond to domestic situations," Webb said. "There is always room for improvement, but I never want another officer facing something like this without backup."

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