A sheriff's deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday night, said state police, who added that the suspect was also fatally shot.
State police confirmed that Kyle Pagerly, one of two K9 deputies with the Berks County Sheriff's Department, was killed while serving an arrest warrant with a group of other officers in the first block of Pine Swamp Road in Albany Township, Berks County.
Police said a joint detail of state police troopers, U.S. Marshals and Berks County Sheriff's deputies went to the house of Matthew Connor to arrest him on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person for an incident that happened Monday..
As the law enforcement officers spoke with Connor's girlfriend, state police said Connor, 25, ran out the back of the house and into the woods.
Members of the detail gave chase. As Pagerly, 28, came up to the top of a hill, he spotted Connor pointing an AK 47, an assault rifle, at him.
State police said Pagerly ordered Connor to drop the gun, and Connor refused. Both were then wounded in an exchange of gunfire.
Connor died at the scene; Pagerly was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown, where he was pronounced dead at 8:44. The coroner said he died of a single gunshot wound. His death was ruled a homicide.
69 News interviewed Pagerly in January. He spoke about the donation of K9 bulletproof vests to the K9 Assistance Program.
This is the second time in just a little more than six months that Berks County sheriff's deputies are coping with the loss of one of their own.
Deputy Kyle Lesher, an eight-year veteran of the department, was killed just before Christmas when his car crashed on Old Fritztown Road in Cumru Township. Lesher was off duty at the time.