Deputy Kyle Pagerly E.O.W. 06-29-11
The Berks County man suspected of shooting and killing a Deputy Sheriff Kyle PagerlyWednesday night left a suicide note in his yard two days before heading intosurrounding woods and getting into a shootout with officers, killing him, court
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.
Police said Connor was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and wanted on
burglary and weapons charges when killed by gunfire near Hawk Mountain Road
around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Connor threatened several members of his family late Monday, firing a pistol
into the ground and saying “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.
He also went 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. In those court documents, Connor was charged with threatening his
According to a news release from state police, a fugitive task force
comprising members of the Berks County Sheriff’s office, state police from the
Hamburg barracks and the federal marshals service attempted to serve an arrest
warrant on Connor for burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, terroristic
threats, recklessly endangering another person 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.
Connor was shot and killed at the scene. Pagerly was wounded and flown by
helicopter to LehighValley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he died
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.
Deputy Pagerly was born in Reading and graduated in 2001 from Wilson High School in West Lawn, Berks County. He also was a U.S. Army Military Police graduate and served in Kosovo in 2002 and Iraq in 2002.
He was promoted to sergeant in 2004.He graduated from the Reading PoliceAcademy in 2005, federal Bureau of Prisons basic training in 2006, Berks County Sheriff’s Department in 2006 and Philadelphia Police Canine Academy in 2009. He also was a lieutenant in the Spring Township Fire Department. His
K-9 partner Jynx is a German Shepherd.