Officials: Man shot and killed after repeatedly pointing guns at police in Berks County
Updated On: Jul 29 2013 04:49:25 AM CDT
Police in Berks County shot and killed a man who they say repeatedly pointed handguns at them after ignoring numerous orders to drop his weapons.
Western Berks Police say they were called to the area of 24 East Washington Ave. in Wernersville around 8 p.m. Saturday for a report of 20-year-old Jonathan David Rutkowski walking with two guns stuck in his pants.
Police say they made contact with the Wernersville man on North Church Street, at which time he pointed both handguns at officers multiple times.
Police say Rutkowski, who they described as non-compliant, ran away in the direction of Route 422.
Police say Rutkowski ran across the highway, at which time he was nearly hit by a car.
After crossing the highway, he began walking on South Church Street with officers from four police departments following him in their cars.
Police say Rutkowski then got down on one knee near the railroad tracks and pointed both guns at the police officers.
That's when police say they began firing shots. They say he then went behind a large metal sign and again pointed the guns at officers.
Police say Rutkowski then went down to the ground, at which time officers moved in and shouted orders for him to drop the weapons.
As they got closer, Rutkowski pointed one of the guns at officers, causing them to shoot and kill the man, according to police.
Rutkowski was pronounced dead at the by the Berks County coroner.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Bucks County man killed in crash on I-78 East in Upper Saucon
Two women killed in Lehigh County wreck
Vacation turns to tragedy when 3-year-old girl is killed
Man says police have often mistaken him for Eric Frein
Inferno damage at least $12M; collapse potential examined
PA law signed to curb Abu-Jamal's `obscene celebrity'
School bus crash sends 4 students to hospitals
School district cancels classes Tuesday after alleged Frein sighting
State police: Possible Eric Frein sighting near post office
Real estate agent testifies about carjacking that killed mom, 3 kids