September 10, 2014

Joseph Matuskovic - Law Enforcement - South Carolina

Joe Matuskovic
Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic, age 43, died in the line of duty on September 8, 2014, at a hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.

Joe was a member of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. He had 17 years of service.

Joe and other deputies responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex in Charleston. A man was playing loud music and the neighbors called the Police. It was also reported that the man was pounding on apartment doors and on vehicles in the parking lot. Presumably he was angry at the people who were complaining about him and his music. The man then went inside his apartment.

When the officers approached his apartment, the man opened fire through the door. His bullets struck Deputy Matuskovic and another officer.

Both deputies were pulled to safety and transported to the Medical University of South Carolina, where Deputy Matuskovic tragically succumbed to his wounds.

The Charleston Police Department later found the man inside his suite. Michael Oswald, age 38, was dead. It has not been determined as of this posting if Michael Oswald was shot by officers or if he killed himself. It is believed that Michael Oswald may have been drunk or doped up at the time of these incidents.

Joe graduated from Carmel High School in 1990. Friends from high school describe him as a good guy, who was friendly and helpful. 

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is in mourning over the death of their brother.
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Joe and for
those who have lost him
Joe was a former City of Charleston police officer. He was also a field training officer who worked with new deputies. He will be forever remembered.

The local community is saddened by Joe's tragic death and fundraisers have been started up to aid the Matuskovic family with funeral and other family expenses. You can donate through this website:

Joe's loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Joe is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Joe.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Joseph is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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