Memorial for Sgt. Joe Bergeron vandalized with paint in St. Paul - KMSP-TV

Memorial for Maplewood officer killed in line of duty vandalized

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

The St. Paul Police Department is seeking a suspect in an act of vandalism after paint was smeared across a memorial for Maplewood Sgt. Joe Bergeron, who was ambushed and killed in 2010.

Police say white paint was splattered on the engraved stone sometime over the weekend, and anyone with information is urged to call 651-266-5740.

The memorial, which is located at Arlington Avenue East and Clarence Street, rests near where Bergeron was shot and killed inside his squad car while investigating a carjacking near Lake Phalen.

The incident launched a massive manhunt for the suspects in the Lake Phalen area. One would be caught, but the other was killed after he attacked .

More than 100 police officers from more than a dozen agencies were involved in the search, and the officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Jason Jones -- David Longbehn -- suffered a broken nose and broken eye sockets after Jones attacked him with a metal object.

Joshua Martin, also 21, was arrested and charged with aiding and abetting in second-degree murder in Bergeron's death, as well as kidnapping for his role in the carjacking that drew Bergeron to the scene. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

An estimated 3,000 people attended the funeral for Bergeron at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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