Wernersville Man Killed In Shootout With Police

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United Stat...

Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Wernersville man was killed Saturday night after a shootout with Western Berks Regional Police officers in the borough.

Trooper David Beohm of the state police identified the man as Jonathan David Rutkowski, 20, after contacting family this morning.  He was pronounced dead at the scene by members of the Berks County Coroner’s office.  An autopsy is scheduled for today.

The incident began just before 8 p.m. Saturday in the first block of East Washington Avenue when residents reported seeing a man walking in the street with two guns stuck in his pants.

After several encounters with police, Rutkowski did not comply with orders and continued to point the guns at officers, Beohm said.  He was fatally shot along the Norfolk Southern tracks off of South Church Street.

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Guard Changing, Not Mission At Western Berks Regional Police Department

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Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dressed in blue uniforms, Scott L. Wagner and William S. Schlichter sit across from each other talking about the past, present and future of the Western Berks Regional Police Department.

“As I told Chief Schlichter, I got this agency to where it is now,” said Wagner, 54, the outgoing chief of the department.  “It’s now his turn to take it forward, and I wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

The department, which has provided 24/7 police coverage in Wernersville and Robesonia since 2010, is in transition as Wagner prepares for retirement and Schlichter begins his tenure as the new chief.

During an interview at the department, Wagner and Schlichter said they were excited and ready for their next steps.

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