2018-01-03 / Front Page

Chester man killed in shootout with police

By Ben Orcutt

Kenneth J. Perna-RutskyKenneth J. Perna-RutskyA Chester man was fatally shot last week after a standoff with Chesterfield Police officers.

Maj. E. Frank Carpenter, criminal investigations bureau commander for the Chesterfield County Police Department, said in a press release that Kenneth J. Perna-Rutsky, 38, died as a result of police gunfire.

Police were called to the 300 block of Sunset Boulevard on Wednesday for a domestic situation that involved shots being fired, Carpenter said in an email to the Observer.

Someone else who was in the home called police, Carpenter said.

When police arrived on scene at 10:34 a.m., Perna-Rutsky was outside of his residence and brandished a firearm, Carpenter said. Police fired at the suspect, who returned fire and went back inside his residence. No officers were injured in the exchange.

Carpenter said the exchange of gunfire lasted only “a few seconds.”

“Nothing was used to barricade himself,” Carpenter added. “He just went back into the residence and did not respond to police.”

After negotiation attempts failed, the Chesterfield SWAT team was called in for assistance, Carpenter said. Police officers entered the residence and found Perna-Rutsky deceased with an apparent gunshot wound, apparently suffered during the exchange of gunfire with police.

Carpenter added that officers had responded to the residence previously for incidents involving Perna-Rutsky. According to a media report, Perna-Rutsky was also involved in a police standoff in 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Also in Chesterfield, according to Chesterfield General District Court records, Perna-Rutsky waived adjudication and on March 22 was fined $25 for a Jan. 17 misdemeanor charge of cursing and public intoxication.

Perna-Rutsky also was found guilty of two prior traffic infractions, according to online court records.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Chesterfield Police at 748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 748-0660, or with the P3 app.

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