Man arrested after shooting at Oglesby officers, stealing police car and leading chase

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UPDATE 1/1/21 – Bond for Peter Douglas Bergsma, 35, has been set at $1,000,000. Bergsma will seek a private defender for his case.

Arraignment will take place Jan 14 at 9 a.m.


UPDATE 12/31/20 – LaSalle County Court records show Peter Douglas Bergsma, 35, is currently being held on two counts of Aggravated Discharge of a firearm. Both Class X felonies. He is also facing a count of Possession of a stolen vehicle, a Class 2 felony.

Bergsma is currently being held in the LaSalle County Jail.


OGLESBY, Ill. (WMBD) — The Oglesby Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle Tuesday night, but when the suspect pulled a gun, fired at officers and stole a police vehicle, a chase ensued.

“With all the shots that were fired, it’s surprising that no-one was seriously injured,” Lasalle County Sheriff, Tom Templeton, said.

The Illinois Valley Community College security office called the Oglesby police to report a suspicious RV parked behind a building at approximately 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29.

When they arrived, officers knocked on the door to the RV and spoke to the occupant. They asked him if he would come to the rear of the vehicle to talk.

He complied, but while talking, he pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and began shooting at the officers.

The officers returned fire and took cover behind their vehicles. Both vehicles were hit by gunfire.

As the officers tried to move to a new location, the suspect got into one of the squad cars and drove off the campus lot.

Officers called for area assistance and a search for the suspect and car ensued. The empty car was later found close to campus in a residential area.

Fresh tracks in the snow lead officers back onto the IVCC campus, into a wooded area, then down a hill into a second residential area along the Illinois River.

Other officers were stationed at the Shippingsport Bridge and saw the suspect running. After yelling for the man to stop, the officers took the suspect into custody.

The suspect, identified as Peter Douglas Bergsma, 35, was taken to the Illinois Valley Community Hospital and treated for a head injury. He was then released to the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Investigators and is in custody at the LaSalle County Jail.

A search warrant has been issued for the RV. Illinois State Police crime scene investigators and the Kane County bomb squad and technicians were called to the scene.

Sheriff Templeton said to expect the State’s Attorney to press charges Thursday.

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