Sheriff: Slain deputy went into garage on his own
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 10:34:13 GMT —
The Oneida County Sheriff's Department has released new details about the events that led to the death of 24-year-old Deputy Kurt Wyman.
According to Sheriff Robert Maciol, at the end of a six hour standoff with 41-year-old Christian Patterson, the Emergency Response Team fired 40 millimeter foam impact rounds that knocked the suspect down. Investigators say Deputy Wyman made a decision on his own to go in with a Taser while the suspect was down, to try and bring him into custody.
Patterson allegedly gathered himself, shot and killed Wyman, and shot at a second deputy, but missed. Other deputies at the scene opened fire, wounding the suspect.
Sheriff Maciol told reporters Wednesday morning that he has ordered a "comprehensive review" of the incident going over all the details to make sure procedures were followed. When asked why Deputy Wyman would decide on his own to try to taser Patterson even though he is not a member of the ERT, Sheriff Maciol replied, "Because Deputy Wyman has been killed, I can't answer that question.... I can only surmise that Deputy Wyman saw an opportunity to preserve Christian Patterson's life, to protect his fellow deputies and defuse that situation in a heroic and selfless act."
In a prepared statement to the media, Maciol said "I wish to express my gratitude to the Wyman family for their strength and support of Kurt TMs brave actions. As Sheriff, it is my obligation to maintain law enforcement services to the public and I am indebted to those agencies who helped support our offices TM operations during this trying time. The members our agency and their families have been provided crisis management resources to help deal with this tragic loss. I greatly appreciate the overwhelming support from the law enforcement community and the public which was a fitting tribute to a fallen hero."
Patterson is still recovering from multiple gunshot wounds at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica. Right now he's listed in fair condition.
Patterson has not been charged yet in the case, and won't be until his health improves. Prosecutors expect to charge Patterson with aggravated murder, with a possible sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted.
Wyman was a decorated police officer, Marine Corps Reservist, and Iraq War veteran. He left behind a wife and two children, including a baby girl born just days after his death. Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral Monday in Utica.
Original story from Wednesday morning:
We expect to learn additional details today about what happened the night Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman died.
Wyman was shot and killed last Tuesday morning as he and other deputies tried to take Chris Patterson, 41, into custody. Patterson was armed with a shotgun and allegedly held officers at bay for six hours after a domestic dispute at his home in the hamlet of Knoxboro.
Investigators say Patterson shot Wyman in the neck and fired shots at other deputies. Patterson was shot several times by officers and remains hospitalized in Utica. Prosecutors say when he is well enough to be arraigned, Patterson will be charged with aggravated murder.
Today, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol will hold a news conference to update the media on the investigation into Wyman's death. In the hours after the shooting the Sheriff's department released few details of the final moments of the standoff that led to the fatal shooting, saying the department was still in the midst of its investigation. Maciol said last week deputies acted when it became clear to them Patterson intended to harm himself.