FBI Detroit
Special Agent Mara Schneider
(313) 965-5749
March 6, 2015

FBI Detroit Violent Crime Task Force Investigates Shooting of U.S. District Court Judge and Seeks Public’s Help Identifying Suspects

The ATF has joined the FBI in this investigation and is offering an additional $10,000, bringing the award total to $35,000. Press release

Paul Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office, announced that the FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the March 5, 2015 shooting of U.S. District Court Judge Terrence G. Berg.

On the evening of Thursday, March 5, 2015, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Judge Terrence Berg was outside his residence in Detroit when two suspects approached him brandishing firearms. One of the suspects shot the judge in the leg. The FBI Violent Crime Task Force, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service and the Detroit Police Department, is conducting the investigation.

The two suspects fled the scene in a vehicle described by witnesses as a dark-colored sedan (possibly a Dodge Charger). The suspects themselves are described as black males of average build and approximately 18 to 25 years old.

Judge Berg was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries. FBI Detroit, at the request of the Berg family and consistent with privacy concerns, will not be providing any details regarding Judge Berg’s medical condition. The investigation currently reflects that this may have been an attempted robbery—not appearing to be associated with Judge Berg’s present position or his more than 23 years of combined dedicated government service, including as an assistant U.S. attorney, first assistant U.S. attorney, and interim U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan. However, no conclusions have been reached at this point regarding a motive for these crimes, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information may contact the FBI Detroit Field Office 24 hours a day at (313) 965-2323 (select option “0”), the U.S. Marshals Service at (313) 234-5600, or the Detroit Police Department at (313) 267-4600. Members of the public should not try to apprehend any suspects.