Vigil held for deputy, rescue member who died following W. Ashley shooting

Vigil held for deputy, rescue member who died following W. Ashley shooting

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A vigil was held to a honor a deputy who lost his life following a shooting in West Ashley, and a rescue member who died after responding to the scene.

People gathered at the Gardens of Ashley River apartment complex on Carriage Lane Thursday evening to honor Deputy Joseph Matuskovic and rescue worker Larry Britton.

Both men died during a standoff at the apartment complex late Monday night. Matuskovic was shot and killed, while Britton died of heart complications. Fellow Deputy Michael Ackerman was also injured in that shooting.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Charleston Police Department and the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, along with the community were in attendance at the vigil.

"It is certainly a strong statement of support in a desire to comfort those who are grieving," said Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon who spoke at the vigil."The response from our community just in the last couple of days has been overwhelming."

Charlotte Gibbs, a resident in the neighborhood, was one of dozens of people who showed their support following Monday night's tragic events.

"I was horrified to think that our quiet little community had been turned upside down," Gibbs said."I came out here to show my support for all the officers and the firefighters, all of whom respond to anything and everything."

"I came all the way from Andrews to be our here," said Genevieve Halyard."When I heard about [the shootings] the other night, I was really sad to see that someone who was trying to protect us was killed."

Organizers at Thursday's event also passed out black ribbons as a sign of solidarity.

"I'm still in shock," said Butch Kennedy, one of the organizers of the event."It's just like we lost a brother. So tonight, we want the community to come out and rally behind local law enforcement and let them know we support them as a community."

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