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Little known about suspected gunman, AP says condition is critical
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Details about the alleged gunman whose shot took the life of Oneida County Sheriff Deputy Kurt Wyman remain very scarce. He is being identified as 41-year-old Christian Patterson.
Patterson reportedly opened fire after Sheriff's Deputies attempted to take him into custody early Tuesday morning after a five-hour standoff that started Monday night. After their colleague was hit, deputies then returned fire and wounded the alleged gunman.
Currently, Patterson remains in critical condition at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, according to the Associated Press.
The standoff involving Patterson came after police responded to his residence on Knoxboro Road in the Town of Augusta, where a domestic disturbance had taken place.
Authorities say that Patterson threatened to kill his live-in girlfriend, Shannon Secor, and himself. Secor escaped without harm with a child in hand.
NEWSChannel 2 interviewed neighbors in the area of the home, but nobody seemed to know much about the man.
Tuesday morning, Utica College released a statement regarding the incident and their connection to the accused shooter:
"This morning the Utica College community and the rest of the Mohawk Valley awoke to news of the tragic shooting in Knoxboro that has since claimed the life of Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman. The suspected shooter, Chris Patterson, is an employee of the company that provides facilities management services to the college. According to news reports, Mr. Patterson was shot on the scene and is currently hospitalized. Our thoughts and condolences are with Deputy Wyman’s family, friends, and colleagues in the local law enforcement community, as well as all others affected by this terrible tragedy."