'Heroic' Detroit judge was wounded trying to protect family

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Posted: Mar 06, 2015 5:12 PM
'Heroic' Detroit judge was wounded trying to protect family

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge who was shot in the leg acted heroically by trying to keep the assailants out of his home and away from his family, a prosecutor said Friday.

Terrence Berg, a judge on the U.S. District Court in Flint, was shot Thursday night outside his Detroit home while retrieving a trash can. The injury was not life-threatening.

"Two robbers demanded access to his home and he refused. That's when he was shot," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said. "He was very heroic. He's paid a price for it, but fortunately it's a wound to the leg. He's going to recover."

Berg was scheduled for surgery. His wife, Anita Sevier, said she heard a gunshot and her husband yelling for help.

"It was a big ordeal, but he's going to be OK," Sevier told Detroit-area radio station WWJ.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction. No arrests were made. The suspects fled in a dark sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger.

"The investigation currently reflects that this may have been an attempted robbery, not appearing to be associated" with Berg's work as a judge or his earlier career as a prosecutor, the FBI said.

A friend, Patricia Montemurri, was visiting the home and had been escorted to her car by Berg just moments before the shooting.

"I pulled away and saw Terry taking a garbage can back toward the garage. I didn't see anything suspicious," said Montemurri, who later learned about the shooting.

Berg, 55, has been a judge for two years. He served as a federal prosecutor for two decades and was briefly head of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit.

"He's very active in his community," McQuade said. "I doubt it will dampen his enthusiasm for the city of Detroit."

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