09/10/2003

Mass. Officer Found Dead

Officer Down: Amy Bergeron - [Methuen, ]

by Jim Patten, Eagle-Tribune

METHUEN, Mass. -- A 27-year-old rookie police officer was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in her Lawrence apartment last night, police said.

The body of Methuen police Officer Amy Bergeron was discovered by Lawrence police about 10:40 p.m., after a neighbor called to report hearing a single gun shot in the Parker Street apartment.

Lawrence Police Chief John J. Romero said Bergeron was alone at the time of the shooting. An investigation by Lawrence and Methuen police as well as state troopers assigned to District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett's office is continuing.

"I saw her yesterday. She was in a good mood. Typical Amy -- happy, happy as ever," said Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon. "She was an amazing person. She was the kind of person who, when you talked to her, you felt good."

Bergeron had been with Methuen police for the last eight months. She was appointed a reserve police officer in May 2000, and joined the police department full time in January of this year. She was a graduate of the Reading Police Academy, Solomon said, and was enrolled in a program to earn her master's degree in criminal justice.

She had spent Friday fingerprinting more than 100 children at Gold's Gym as part of the Molly Bish child safety program, Solomon said.

The chief said he had the opportunity to observe her at work and found her to be a calm and soothing person.

"I watched her at calls and she was very good at listening, very good at mediation," Solomon said. "It's a tragic loss."

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