More information is known about an incident where a Sedona Police officer and a suspect were injured in a shooting last Sunday at the Sedona Airport. City officials say shortly before 11 a.m., the Sedona Airport Authority says one of their vehicles was stolen by three people and was driven onto the airport taxiway. When officers arrived, they tried to detain the three in the airport parking lot. One of the suspects, 37-year-old Michael Paul Bergsma of Cooks, Michigan, ran on foot with an officer firing a “less-than-lethal” gun at him after commands weren’t followed. Bergsma tried to take the weapon, but the officer fired a shot into Bergsma’s abdomen. Bergsma continued to fight until a second officer tazed him. At some point, the officer who fired his weapon, suffered a wound. It isn’t known if it came from a gunshot. The officer is recovering at home. Bergsma has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, criminal trespass and unlawful use of means of transportation. The other two people in the vehicle, 43-year-old Thomas Trantham of Tarzana, California and 40-year-old Cynthia Griffin from Maryland, were also arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
May 07 2021