Officers in deadly shooting 'did what they were trained to do,' police say
Updated On: Jul 30 2013 04:48:51 AM CDT
Authorities are still searching for answers in the deadly shooting of a Berks County man by police Saturday night.
Police said they may never know why Jonathan Rutkowski put himself in the situation, and area residents are still shaken.
Kristina Schultz was home with her family around 8 p.m. Saturday when she heard something outside on North Church Road. That's when she looked out the window and saw a man with a gun.
"Just seeing a gun, you don't know if it's real. You don't know if it's fake," Schultz said. "The kids were all shaken up, you know, because you didn't know when he's going to start firing, so we just said, 'Get down.'"
Police were called to the area of 24 East Washington Ave. for the report that Rutkowski, 20, was walking with two guns in his pants. Schultz said she heard police tell him to drop the weapon.
Rutowski didn't comply and continued pointing both handguns at officers, police said.
Officers from four police departments followed Rutkowski onto South Church Road, near the train tracks.
Schultz said she and her family heard what sounded like "at least 20" gunshots.
The officers on the scene did what they were trained to do, said Tpr. David Beohm, Pa. State Police.
"These police officers gave the young man ample time to stop what he was doing and comply. They gave him every opportunity to comply so it wouldn't end this way," Beohm said.
Autopsy results for Rutkowski have not yet been released.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Amber Alert cancelled for child abducted from Cumru home
Police: Man tries to snatch baby from stroller; mom fights back
Police: Suspected drunk driver goes on hit-and-run rampage
Hiker falls to death at Glen Onoko Falls
Freshman to school board: Start school later so kids get more sleep
Ron Angle: Tons and tons of sludge are coming
Colder temps could bring bit of snow; freeze warning issued
3 restaurant chains plan their first locations in Berks
One juvenile and two adults arrested for Sunday shooting in Allentown
Another death in Topton possibly caused by heroin overdose