NBCPhiladelphia.com- Stacey Stauffer
Berks County deputy sheriff Kyle Pagerly died in a shootout with burglary suspect Matthew Connor. Sources say Connor left a suicide note and wanted to die.
The Berks County man that opened fire on 28-year-old deputy sheriff Kyle Pagerly resulting in the death of both men wanted to die, according to police.
Police say that Matthew Connors, 25, left a suicide note two days prior to the incident for his friends and family. Sources say that Connors wanted to die -- suicide by cop.
On Wednesday night around 8 p.m., authorities paid a visit to 43 Pine Swamp Road in Albany, Pa. to serve Connors with a warrant for burglary, criminal trespass and various other offenses.
Connor’s girlfriend answered the door and while she was talking to police, her boyfriend slipped out the back and ran into the woods. Officers followed him. It was then that Connors threatened Pagerly with an AK-47. He refused to drop the gun as ordered, and a gun battle ensued, police say.
Connors was pronounced dead on the scene. Pagerly died early Thursday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
The deputy sheriff was a Reading native who had previously served in the military. Pagerly and his wife Alecia were expecting their first child.
“Kyle was a great, great person, great family man,” Sheriff Eric Weaknecht said.