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Officer Down - Deputy Sheriff Joe Matuskovic


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  • Officer Down - Deputy Sheriff Joe Matuskovic

    Deputy Sheriff Joe Matuskovic was shot and killed as he and several other deputies responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex at the intersection of Ashley River Road and Carriage Lane.

    Two deputies working an overtime assignment at the complex had requested assistance from additional deputies to help deal with the subject who had been pounding on apartment doors and vehicles in the parking lot. The man then went inside his apartment. As the deputies attempted to make contact with the man he opened fire through the apartment door, striking Deputy Matuskovic and another deputy.

    Both deputies were pulled to safety and transported to the Medical University of South Carolina, where Deputy Matuskovic succumbed to his wounds.

    The Charleston Police Department SWAT team made entry into the home several hours later and found the subject dead of a gunshot wound.

    Mr. Larry Britton, an employee with the Charleston County’s Technology Services and Radio Operations, suffered a fatal heart attack while assisting the Charleston County Sheriff's Office with joint communications during the event.

    Deputy Matuskovic had served in law enforcement for 17 years.

    Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

    Sheriff J. Al Cannon Jr.
    Charleston County Sheriff's Office
    3505 Pinehaven Drive
    Charleston Heights, SC 29405

    Phone: (843) 554-4700


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    Last edited by SCDEPUTY; 09-10-2014, 02:32 PM.

  • #2
    It's sad to see a life taken away. Especially when this man is just doing his job to keep things safer for us.


    • #3
      Condolences. May you both Rest In Peace.
      My comments are my personal opinion and are based on my life experiences and training. They are not to be construed as legal advice in any form as I am not an attorney. Should you act on any of the information I provide in my comments, you do so at your own risk!!


      • #4
        I didn't know Deputy Matuskovic, but this hits close to home. This is the squad that works opposite of the squad I work with. My understanding is that the deputies didn't even have a chance. The perp shot through the door without warning.

        Also Larry was a State Constable in addition to running the radio shop.


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