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Slain South Carolina Deputy was Shot Through His Vest by AK-Style Rifle

September 11, 2014  | 

Deputy Joseph Matuskovic (Photo: Charleston County Sheriff's Office)
Deputy Joseph Matuskovic (Photo: Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

Officials say that when the Charleston County (S.C.) Sheriff's Office knocked on his door Monday in West Ashley, Michael Donovan Oswald had a military-style rifle in his hands, and he used it to pepper the deputies with bullets. For one lawman's protective vest, the high-velocity rounds were too powerful to handle.

Several bullets from the weapon similar to an AK-47 killed Deputy Joseph Matuskovic, 43, after they punctured his armor, Sheriff Al Cannon told the Charleston Post and Courier Wednesday.

Deputy Michael Ackerman, 43, was wounded by the rifle fire Monday, and an off-duty deputy also was hurt, Cannon said. Ackerman was expected to recover from a knee wound and has been using a walker to get around..

Oswald, 38, died after the authorities fired back through his closed door, hitting him twice.


Video: 1 Deputy Killed, 1 in Critical Condition in S.C. Standoff

Comments (3)

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f--u--##you scum GESTAPO @ 9/12/2014 6:10 AM

Just imagine what harden masonry nails inbedded in copper jacket bullets like .300 win mags would do ?

tedb @ 9/12/2014 7:39 AM

Looks like we have a new hairlip trolling the site. Or maybe Lenny got a new name.

Greg @ 9/16/2014 6:35 AM

Phew, what an amazing response to an slain officer! I don't even recall Lenny being that psycho. Few officers wear a chest plate to stop ball rifle ammo, but these don't cover much area anyway.

I'm surprised what was probably crap ammo was still able to penetrate a vest after going through a door. With the history the shooter had of fighting and giving police problems they were standing in front of the door (yeah, I know, hindsight is always wonderful).

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