Norton woman outraged over lack of consequences for state trooper who shot her
NORTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A Norton woman who was shot in a December 2011 hunting accident is outraged that the off-duty Massachusetts State Trooper who pulled the trigger will not face any charges.
Cheryl Blair tells FOX 25 she has racked up $1 million in medical bills and still needs physical therapy to walk normally after being shot by Trooper John Bergeron while out walking her dogs on New Year's Eve in Norton. Bergeron was hunting and told investigators he thought one of Blair's dogs was a deer.
Law enforcement officials filed a criminal complaint for negligence against Bergeron after the shooting. FOX 25 has learned that an Attleboro magistrate did not find probable cause and will not pursue criminal charges against Bergeron.
Blair tells FOX 25 she feels Bergeron was criminally negligent.
"I just don't understand why he just didn't identify me before he pulled that trigger," says Blair.
Blair's husband says that he has hunted with Bergeron in the past. He says that he is not an evil man, but that he absolutely was careless on the day of the shooting.
A civil case between Blair and Bergeron is pending.