Patterson: "I wasn't aiming at anyone"

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Testimony continues Tuesday for Day 6 of the trial of Christian Patterson, the man accused of shooting and killing Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman during a standoff in the Town of August in June 2011.

By day's end Monday, the prosecution had rested and the defendant, Patterson, had taken the stand in Oneida County Court in Utica.

Tuesday morning on the witness stand, Patterson told the court he loved his girlfriend and was doing everything to please her, including cleaning the house, cooking meals and buying her flowers every week.

However, he said she told him she didn't have feelings for him any more and didn't know what she wanted.

Patterson testified that on the day he shot Deputy Wyman, he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend, whom he suspected was seeing someone else. He says he grew angry when she refused to tell him where she was going, and he grabbed a shotgun from a gun cabinet and says he wanted to shoot himself. He testified that he also took $4,500 cash and put it in her pillow case.

On the stand Tuesday, Patterson testified that, upon seeing him holding a gun in his garage, he saw the first deputy to respond to the domestic disturbance at his house send a radio message that "the suspect has a gun." Patterson says several officers repeatedly asked him to drop the gun, and that he repeatedly refused. Patterson says he couldn't see outside the garage because of a spotlight from one of the officer's cars shining in the garage.

Patterson testified that he felt himself being shot several times and wondered, "why? Why are they shooting me?"

He says he didn't hear his own gun go off and couldn't see any officers coming at him or anyone moving.

Patterson says he was not aiming at anyone.

On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Suresh Rayancha, a local psychiatrist who examined Patterson, took the witness stand. Rayancha examined Patterson a few weeks after the fatal shooting of Deputy Wyman. Rayancha says he found Patterson was depressed, but not suicidal.

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