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Minn. shooting suspect charged with 13 counts

FILLMORE COUNTY, Minn. - The man accused of shooting a 49-year-old woman in Preston, Minnesota, has been charged with 13 counts, including two counts of attempted murder.

Roger James Bergmann, 39, of Canton, was charged with second and third degree murder, multiple counts of assault, kidnapping, making terroristic threats, controlled substance violation, and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Department says Bergmann shot Candice Erdner, 49, in the neck at a home on the 500 block of Saint Anthony Street N. in Preston at about 12:20 p.m. on Friday, December 21. There's no update on Erdner's condition, but she is expected to recover from her injuries after having surgery on Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, Eric Newman went to Bergmann's house about some money that Bergmann owed him. Newman told police Bergmann grabbed him, pulled him inside, pinned him to the wall and put a gun to the side of his head.  Newman told police that Bergmann said he was going to kill him.

The criminal complaint states Erdner came inside and the three of them argued off and on. Newman told police Bergmann brought out the gun again and at one point was waving it at both of them. Newman said at one point, Bergmann struck her in the head with the gun. She began to walk out, which is when Newman said he may have seen the shot.

According to the criminal complaint, a witness told police she saw Erdner running out of the house saying she was shot: "Roger shot me. He shot me. He shot me." When Bergmann came out of the house, the witness heard him say, "Sorry Candy. Sorry Candy."


The criminal complaint states Bergmann then left the scene in a pickup truck and called his friend. The friend later told police Bergmann told him he just shot Erdner with a 9mm because she was acting funny and teasing him and he was sorry.

The criminal complaint states Bergmann also told his friend that he was being chased by police and wanted to kill himself.  Fillmore Central Schools were placed on lockdown for about an hour, until authorities found Bergmann.  Authorities arrested him Friday afternoon after a 30 minute standoff in Winona County.

Bergmann told police he knew cops were behind him and admitted to driving aggressively. He also told police he tried to shoot himself with a shotgun that was in his truck, but it jammed.

Authorities executed search warrants from Bergmann's home and pickup truck. The criminal complaint states police found a Remington 20 gauge slug under the front seat; .22 caliber rounds inside the cab of the pickup; a baggie with a crystal-like substance believed to be crystal meth found in the bed of the truck; and $737 cash in the glove box in the cab of the pickup. Authorities also found meth and drug paraphernalia, as well as five 20-gauge slugs and two 20-gauge Remington slugs in Bergmann's home. 

Bergmann appeared in court on Monday for his arraignment. He was charged with the following counts:

1.       Kidnapping-to commit great bodily harm/terrorize;

2.       Kidnapping-to commit great bodily harm/terrorize;

3.       Assault-1st degree-great bodily harm;

4.       Attempted murder-2nd degree-with intent-not premeditated;

5.       Attempted murder-2nd degree-without intent-while committing a felony ;

6.       Attempted murder-3rd degree-perpetrating eminently dangerous act and evincing depraved mind;

7.       Assault-2nd degree-dangerous weapon-substantial bodily harm;

8.       Assault-2nd degree-dangerous weapon;

9.       Terroristic threats-reckless disregard risk;

10.   Drugs-5th degree-sale-schedule IV controlled substance mixture

11.   Drugs-5th degree-possess scheduled 1,2,3,4-not small amount marijuana

12.   Fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle

13.   Possess pistol/assault weapon-previous felony conviction

Bergmann's bail was set at $1 million. He remains in jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 31. 

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