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Man Who Shot Deputy Left Suicide Note

Man Who Shot Deputy Left Suicide Note

County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Pagerly with his partner Jynx in in Sinking Spring, Pa. Pagerly died in a shootout Wednesday night as law enforcement officials tried to serve a warrant. [AP]

Wilkes Barre-Times Leader via YellowBrix

July 05, 2011

BERKS COUNTY, PA – The Berks County man suspected of shooting and killing a deputy sheriff Wednesday night left a suicide note in his yard two days before heading into surrounding woods and getting into a fatal shootout with officers, court records say.

State police in Hamburg identified the deputy sheriff as 28-year-old Kyle D. Pagerly and the suspect as Matthew M. Connor, 25, of 26 Pine Swamp Road in the Kempton section of Albany Township.

A fugitive task force was attempting to serve a warrant on Connor, who two days earlier threatened his father, his sister, girlfriend and another guest at his family’s home, firing several rounds from two different guns into the ground in front of them, according to court records.

When the task force arrived, Connor — armed with an AK-47 assault rifle — ran into the woods and fired at the pursuing officers, leading to a shootout near Hawk Mountain Road around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Connor was killed at the scene. Pagerly was wounded and flown by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. He was dead on arrival, Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim said.

Pagerly, of Shillington, was pronounced dead at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday from a gunshot wound to the body, Grim said. The manner of death was ruled homicide.

Two days before the shootout, Connor had said he wouldn’t go down quietly.

According to an arrest affidavit:

Connor shot at the ground in front of his family members, threatening them, “Yeah, you better run,” according to court records. At one point, Connor put a revolver to his mouth “acting as if he was going to shoot himself in front of his family,” the records say.

Upset that he ran out of ammunition from a revolver and a handgun, Connor went back into the family’s house and retrieved a bulletproof vest and a shotgun, which he fired several times before heading into the woods.

Connor’s father, Maurice Connor, told police his son had acted this way before. “He has threatened in the past to want to provoke the police so they would shoot him, suicide by cop,” according to an affidavit of probable cause filed Tuesday.

According to a news release from state police, a fugitive task force made up of members of the Berks County Sheriff’s Office, state police from the Hamburg barracks and the federal marshals service tried to serve an arrest warrant on Connor for burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangerment and a weapons charge for illegally possessing, selling or transferring firearms.

When the task force arrived, they were speaking to Connor’s girlfriend when Connor ran out of the back of the house into the woods. Members of the detail followed him into the woods. Pagerly, a K-9 officer, came upon a rise in the terrain and Connor came up over the rise armed with an AK-47. State police said Connor ignored an order to drop the weapon, and gunfire was exchanged.

The news release from state police does not specify which officers discharged their weapons. The investigation is ongoing, and state police have scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. today at the Reading station.

Court records show state police in Hamburg filed a criminal complaint against Connor on Tuesday, charging him with burglary, criminal trespass, persons not to use fire arms, three counts of terroristic threats, four counts of simple assault and four counts of recklessly endangering another person. Trooper Matthew S. Brady from the Hamburg barracks filed the complaint.

State police said the charges stem from incidents that occurred Monday at his home at 26 Pine Swamp Road and at a nearby residence at 43 Pine Swamp Road. Berks County tax records show both properties are owned by Maurice L. Connor and include one-story homes. The property at 25 Pine Swamp Road contains about 12.5 acres and the property at 43 Pine Swamp Road is nearly a quarter acre in size.

The Berks County Sheriff’s Department website, says Pagerly was born in Reading and graduated in 2001 from Wilson High School in West Lawn, Berks County.

Berks County Sheriffs K9 Unit at the 2010 Water Safety Festival at Blue Marsh Lake in Reading


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    Tysyty

    about 1 year ago

    562 Comments

    RIP, gone but never forgotten

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    aussie4

    almost 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless these Leo's and their families.

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    OlympicJoy

    almost 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Rest in peace.

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    milcop

    almost 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother

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    dcrump

    almost 3 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    DiamondsnPearls

    almost 3 years ago

    2940 Comments

    RIP

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    Inxorte

    almost 3 years ago

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    RIPB

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    Rest in Peace Deputy Pagerly. Our prayers are for your family, friends, and department as they pass thru this time of grief.

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    revCCBeasley

    almost 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP Officer. We Pray for y6our family amist the loss. The Community will miss you and nyour service.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    RIP

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    WACollector

    almost 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    bstites

    almost 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    RIP Deputy. Very young. : (

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    boritico

    almost 3 years ago

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    R.I.P.B.

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    batman2944

    almost 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother, and God Bless!

    "Train for the Fight"

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    It's a sad end of affairs when a person reaches that point where they feel life is not worth living and have nothing to lose. Anyone can be a victim at that point.

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