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Condition of alleged Deputy shooter improving, arraignment could be soon

By JOLEEN FERRIS

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - The condition of the man accused of shooting and killing Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman is improving.

Three deputies returned fire against suspect Christian Patterson after Patterson allegedly shot and killed 24-year-old Wyman following a six-hour standoff at Patterson's town of Augusta home on Tuesday.

Patterson was placed on a ventilator, in a medically-induced coma following major surgery on several organs, including his spleen and liver, earlier this week. On Friday, Sheriff Robert Maciol confirms that Patterson has been taken off the ventilator, which means he is breathing on his own. Maciol wouldn't say if Patterson was conscious or talking.

The improving condition is good news to the Oneida County District Attorney, who wants to arraign Patterson on aggravated murder charges as soon as possible. D.A. Scott McNamara would like to arraign Patterson as soon as Patterson is conscious and lucid, but he's not yet sure if he can do that at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, or must wait until Patterson is well enough to be transported to a town court.

McNamara says when a crime is committed in a town, the suspect can be arraigned in any town court in the county. But St. Elizabeth Medical Center is in Utica, so if Patterson were to be arraigned there, it would technically be considered a Utica courtroom. McNamara is still researching this issue.

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