Officers in deadly shooting 'did what they were trained to do,' police say

Police shot Jonathan Rutkowski in Berks after the man pointed guns at them

Officers in shooting 'did what they were trained to do'

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. - Authorities are still searching for answers in the deadly shooting of a Berks County man by police Saturday night.

Police said they may never know why Jonathan Rutkowski put himself in the situation, and area residents are still shaken.

Kristina Schultz was home with her family around 8 p.m. Saturday when she heard something outside on North Church Road. That's when she looked out the window and saw a man with a gun.

"Just seeing a gun, you don't know if it's real. You don't know if it's fake," Schultz said. "The kids were all shaken up, you know, because you didn't know when he's going to start firing, so we just said, 'Get down.'"

Police were called to the area of 24 East Washington Ave. for the report that Rutkowski, 20, was walking with two guns in his pants. Schultz said she heard police tell him to drop the weapon.

Rutowski didn't comply and continued pointing both handguns at officers, police said. 

Officers from four police departments followed Rutkowski onto South Church Road, near the train tracks.

Schultz said she and her family heard what sounded like "at least 20" gunshots.

The officers on the scene did what they were trained to do, said Tpr. David Beohm, Pa. State Police.

"These police officers gave the young man ample time to stop what he was doing and comply. They gave him every opportunity to comply so it wouldn't end this way," Beohm said.

Autopsy results for Rutkowski have not yet been released.

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