Christopher L. Bates identified as Roseville shooting victim, suspect arrested

Joshua D. Bergeron 25, identified as suspect of Roseville shooting

PC: Perry County Sheriffs Office

Christopher L. Bates Death – On Friday, the Perry County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the identity of the suspect who was taken into custody in connection with the death of a man who had been found dead in Roseville the previous week. The man’s name was also made public by the office. On Monday, January 9, the Roseville Police Department, Roseville Fire/EMS, and Crooksville Fire/EMS were dispatched to the 11000 block of Old Rainer Road in Roseville, on the report of an unresponsive male laying in the roadway.

Victim identified

The sheriff’s office was also dispatched to the scene along with the Roseville Fire/EMS. Crooksville Fire/EMS also responded to the scene. Christopher L. Bates, age 40, a resident of Crooksville, has been identified as the individual who was found to have suffered from two gunshot wounds and whose death was confirmed by the coroner for Perry County. Joshua D. Bergeron, age 25, of Crooksville was arrested following an investigation by the sheriff’s office.

Suspect charged for manslaughter

According to the website of the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail in Nelsonville, he was booked into the jail at around 6:30 p.m. on Monday and is charged with involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and having weapons under disability. Bergeron is also accused of having weapons while disabled. The investigation being conducted by the sheriff is ongoing; thus, anyone who may have information regarding the occurrence is strongly asked to get in touch with the sheriff’s special investigations team at 740-342-4123.

Related topic: Roseville police officer who was shooting victim is released from hospital

According to a Facebook post by the Roseville Police Department, Roseville officer Ryan Duxbury, who was struck in the face by an active shooter Tuesday night, was discharged from the hospital on Saturday. The department thanked Regions Hospital in a post with the message “Our hero is home.” “A great end to what has undoubtedly been a difficult weekend for our department and community … Throughout this process, Ryan has shown a tremendous amount of grit, strength, and perseverance in the face of adversity. Ryan exemplifies everything we as a department aspire to be. Without question, he is a hero in all our eyes. Welcome home, Ryan.”

Police said that Duxbury underwent surgery on Friday to have a gunshot out of his neck. Duxbury’s GoFundMe page states that as of early Friday night, more than $67,000 had been donated to help with his recuperation, which police chief Erika Scheider predicted would be “a long road to a full recovery.” Since 2019, Duxbury has worked with Roseville police. Police said he was one of 15 Roseville officers who responded to Jesse Werling, 53, firing multiple shots in the 2900 block of West Owasso Boulevard on Tuesday.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Duxbury was shot as police were establishing a perimeter. Werling was shot by Roseville police officers Bryan Anderson and Boua Chang and died at Regions Hospital. In addition to working as a patrol officer, Duxbury also performs duties as a background investigator, liaison for recruitment, and member of the department’s wellness committee. Last year, he was awarded three unit citations, and his file also includes numerous letters of appreciation, Scheider said.

PC: Perry County Sheriffs Office

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