Sheriff Al Cannon Jr. of the Charleston County, South Carolina, Sheriff Department sadly reports the death of Deputy Joseph Matuskovic. Deputy Matuskovic, 45, was shot while responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex on Ashley River Road near Carriage Lane.

Two deputies were working an overtime security assignment at The Gardens at Ashley River Apartments. They received reports of an intoxicated individual who had been pounding on apartment doors and the vehicles that were in the parking lot.

The off-duty deputies contacted the Sheriff Department and requested the assistance of on-duty personnel. When the on-duty deputies arrived, they attempted to contact the suspect at his residence in the complex. When the deputies announced their presence, the suspect responded by sending a volley of gunshots through the closed door. Deputies Matuskovic and Michael Ackerman, 43, were struck.

As the injured officers were being pulled to safety, other deputies returned gunfire through the door. It was not immediately known how many officers returned fire or how many shots were fired. The State Law Enforcement Division is taking over the shooting investigation.

The injured officers were transported to the Medical University of South Carolina where Deputy Matuskovic succumbed to his injuries shortly after his arrival. Deputy Ackerman underwent surgery and is listed in serious condition.

The Charleston Police Department SWAT team was called to the scene and was able to make a tactical entry into the apartment after several hours. Once inside the apartment, they found the suspect, Michael Oswald, 38, deceased from a gunshot wound.

Deputy Joseph Matuskovic was with the law enforcement community for 17 years, serving at the Charleston Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff Department.

Deputy Joseph Matuskovic-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”

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