Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly Berks County Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania EoW: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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Deputy Sheriff
Kyle Pagerly

Berks County Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 5 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 29, 2011
Weapon Used: Rifle; AK-47
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Berks County Sheriff’s Department
633 Court Street
3rd Floor
Reading, PA 19601
Phone: (610) 478-6240

Deputy Kyle Pagerly was shot and killed while serving a warrant as part of a fugitive task force at a home on Pine Swamp Road in Albany Township.
When task force members arrived at the scene the suspect ran into the woods. Deputy Pagerly and his canine pursued the suspect. When officers located him he opened fire with an AK-47, striking Deputy Pagerly in the head. Other officers returned fire and killed the subject.
Deputy Pagerly was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Deputy Pagerly was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Berks County Sheriff’s Department for five years. He also served with the Spring Township Fire Department.

A Berks County deputy sheriff and a 25-year-old suspect armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and wanted on burglary and weapons charges were killed in a shoot-out in Albany Township on Pine Swamp Road near Hawk Mountain Road around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

State police in Hamburg identified the officer who was killed 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.

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 Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he died.

The news release from state police does not specify which officers discharged their weapons. The investigation is ongoing.

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. 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 Police Academy 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. He K-9 partner Jynx is a German Shepherd.

Born in Reading, PA
Graduate Wilson High School 2001
United States Army Military Police Graduate 2001
Military service Kosovo 2002, Iraq 2003 – 2004 (Sergeant)
Reading Police Academy 2005
Federal Bureau of Prisons Basic Graduate 2006
Berks County Sheriffs Department 2006
Township of Spring Fire Department Lieutenant
Philadelphia Police Canine Academy 2009

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6 Responses to “Deputy Sheriff Kyle Pagerly Berks County Sheriff’s Department, Pennsylvania EoW: Wednesday, June 29, 2011”


  1. 1 scott July 2, 2011 at 15:45

    You will be missed I am with PAPCA

  2. 2 Darrow Eisemann July 7, 2011 at 18:10

    It is sad whenever we lose an Officer in the line of duty; I wish to extend my condolences to Officer Pagerly’s family, co-workers and friends who undoubtedly miss him greatly. Thank you Officer Kyle Pagerly for your service both in the military and the community, you will be remembered.

  3. 3 mike koesterer July 9, 2011 at 21:49

    when I walked in to wawa looked down and saw a tribute to a kid that I saw grow up through teenage years and attended birthdays for him at his fathers home in west lawn shook me up . I just hope dave and his family are doing as well as they can be at this time . thoughts and prayers with you. m . MIke Koesterer

  4. 4 Keith August 17, 2011 at 16:53

    I remember Kyle as a young child. His brother Brian and I were best friends as young kids when i lived in Wyomissing, Pa. Kyle was a great kid and will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

    Keith Ferrier

  5. 5 tara lynn yohn July 2, 2012 at 11:25

    yes i remember times with kyle and it was and is very sad to have not only a fine officer pass away, but kyle was a good hearted man he was a wonderful and helpful man he would help anyone he could

  6. 6 joejewell July 11, 2012 at 12:35

    You had so much going for you, this is just wrong and shouldn’t have happened. Your an inspiration, I wish I could have done more like you and if their was ever a way to take your place so you could live I’d be honored to do it.


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