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Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic

Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, South Carolina
End of Watch: Monday, September 8, 2014

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.

EMT Larry Britton, who responded to the scene with the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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