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One Charleston County Deputy Killed, Another Wounded in Shooting at West Ashley Apartment



Last update: September 9th, 2014 at 12:38 pm


Two Charleston County deputies were wounded, one fatally, in a shooting at the Gardens at Ashley River, an apartment complex in West Ashley. The incident occurred around 8 pm. 

Here are the latest details (gathered from local news outlets and social media):

  • The complex is located in West Ashley at 1840 Carriage Lane.
  • The officers were responding to a disturbance involving a drunk man who was reportedly banging on doors at the apartment complex
  • The suspect barricaded himself in an apartment
  • As officers approached the the apartment, the suspect shot at them through the door
  • One officer has died, the other is in very serious condition
    • The deceased deputy was a male
    • No names released as of last update
    • Both deputies were on duty. Earlier reports of them being off duty were erroneous
    • CCSO spokesperson has said that both officers have children
  • Neighbors were alerted to evacuate the complex through a “reverse 911 call”
  • Sheriff Al Cannon is reportedly in Israel, but on his way back to the country
  • SLED has taken over the scene
  • The stand-off ended before 4 am when the suspect was found dead in the apartment

New info from Tuesday’s noon press conference:

  • Deputy killed was Joseph Matuskovic, 43. He was pronounced dead at MUSC at 8:37 pm.
  • Injured deputy is Michael Ackerman, 43. He is expected to recover.
    • Shot in the leg
    • Having surgery today
  • Both Matuskovic and Ackerman were wearing “soft body armor.”
  • Matuskovic is the first Charleston County Sheriff’s deputy to be killed in the line of duty since 1993.
  • Volunteer rescue squad member Larry Britton, 58, died while assisting at the scene. He died after apparently going into cardiac arrest.
  • Coroner says suspect is Michael Oswald, 38. He died of gunshot wounds, but it is unknown if it was self-inflicted or from deputies. Pronounced dead at 3:05 am.
    • Rap sheet includes previous convictions for DUI and illegal carrying of a firearm

Follow HolyCitySinner on Twitter for updates as I retweet posts from reporters on the scene. For the best and most complete coverage, be sure to check in with local media. You can visit these local news outlets as the story develops overnight:

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