Names Released in Police Involved Shooting
State Police have released the names of the man shot at the scene of a house fire in Salem Tuesday evening and the State Trooper who discharged his weapon.59 year old Robert Bergeson of Salem was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
A short time after responding to the blaze at 28 Witter Road,firefighters spotted Bergeson who was reportedly waving a gun and yelling.Troopers were notified and say when they approached Bergeson he began to charge at them waving a large blunt object resembling a club in a threatening manner.Police say Bergeson ignored repeated requests to stop and drop the weapon.It was then Trooper Patrick Hawes a 7 year veteran of the State Police discharged his weapon to stop the imminent threat.
Trooper Hawes has been placed on administrative duty while the incident is being reviewed. The State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit is working with the Eastern District major Crime Squad to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire.