On Monday September 8, 2014, Charleston County Sheriff’s 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. (continued below video)
Two deputies working an overtime assignment at the complex had requested assistance from additional deputies to help deal with the Michael Owsald who had been pounding on apartment doors and vehicles in the parking lot. Oswald then went inside his apartment.
As the deputies attempted to make contact with Oswald, he opened fire through the apartment door with an AK-47 assault rifle, striking Deputy Matuskovic and two other deputies.
Both deputies were pulled to safety and transported to the Medical University of South Carolina, where Deputy Matuskovic died from his wounds.
The Charleston Police Department SWAT team made entry into the home several hours later and found Oswald dead of a gunshot wound. Sheriff Al Cannon reports that Oswald was killed by return gunfire from deputies.
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