Berg continues recovery as court juggles caseload

Robert Snell
The Detroit News

Detroit — Wounded U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg is recovering at home eight days after being shot by two men who are being hunted by federal agents.

Berg, 55, has undergone two surgeries following the March 5 shooting outside his home near Livernois and Seven Mile in Detroit.

“I am very happy to report that he is in good spirits, his recovery is progressing well, and his great sense of humor remains intact,” Chief U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen said in a statement Friday. “I am working with Judge Berg and court staff to ensure that his caseload is properly and timely addressed.”

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are offering a $35,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of two men involved in the shooting.

Berg, a longtime federal prosecutor who was named to the federal bench in 2012 and assigned to federal court in Flint, was shot March 5 after collecting his trash cans.

The men, believed to be aged 18-25, demanded to be let inside his house. When he refused, he was shot. His wife and 16-year-old son were home at the time. The two fled in a dark-colored sedan, possibly a Dodge Charger, according to the FBI.

Berg said he didn't recognize the men and thought the incident was random. He has undergone two surgeries and is recovering, his family said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (313) 965-2323 (select "0"), the U.S. Marshals Service at (313) 234-5600, or Detroit Police Department at (313) 267-4600.

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