FBI offers reward for info on shooting of federal judge in Detroit

Judge Terrence Berg

Judge Terrence Berg in 2009. (Photo: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $25,000 reward for information about the individuals responsible for shooting a federal judge in Detroit.

Last Thursday night two men with weapons approached U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg outside his home in Detroit. One of the men then shot Berg in his leg.

Witnesses saw the suspects flee from the scene in a dark-colored sedan — possibly a Dodge Charger. Suspects are described as black males of average build and between the ages 18 to 25 years old.

Berg was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. At the request of his family, the FBI will not provide details regarding Berg’s medical condition, but he is expected to be okay.

Investigators think the attempt by the suspects is more in line with a robbery rather than an assassination attempt. However, the investigation is ongoing so no conclusions have been reached at this point.

Berg has been in public service for more than 23 years. Before serving as a federal judge, he was an assistant U.S. attorney, first assistant U.S. attorney, and interim U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan.

The FBI Violent Crime Task Force is investigating this case with both the U.S. Marshals Service and the Detroit Police Department.

Anyone with information may contact the FBI Detroit Field Office 24 hours a day at (313) 965-2323, the U.S. Marshals Service at (313) 234-5600, or the Detroit Police Department at (313) 267-4600.

The FBI requests that members of the public do not try to apprehend any suspects.