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Domestic dispute turned deadly for Deputy
AUGUSTA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A grieving Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol approached a podium outside his department's office in Oriskany Tuesday morning, flanked by fellow law enforcement and county officials, delivering the grim news that one of his deputies had been shot and killed while responding to a domestic dispute Monday night.
According to Sheriff Maciol, at approximately 8:08 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2011, Deputy Kurt Wyman, 24, and Deputy Mark Chrysler were dispatched by the 911 center to a domestic incident at the home of Christian Patterson, 41, at 5488 Knoxboro Road in the Town of Augusta.
During the domestic dispute, authorities said Patterson threatened to kill his live-in girlfriend, Shannon Secor, and himself. Secor fled the residence with the help of a neighbor.
Deputy Wyman, Investigator David Nowakowski and Sgt. Robert Nelson negotiated with Patterson for roughly six hours as Patterson, armed with a shotgun, refused to surrender, making numerous statements that led the deputies to believe that he was going to cause harm to himself. Sheriff Maciol said that there were 16 officers on the scene, two of which were certified negotiators.
Around 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning, as deputies attempted to take him into custody, Patterson shot and killed Deputy Wyman and shot at Investigator Nowakowski. At that point, three members of the Sheriff's Office returned fire, wounding Patterson, who was brought to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.
Deputy Wyman has been a member of the Sheriff's Office since October 11, 2007. He was a two-time recipient of the Oneida County Sheriff's Grand Cordon Medal and received the Oneida County Sheriff's Rookie of the Year Award in 2010.
He was active in the United States Marine Corps Reserves as a Corporal. On May 1, 2008, Deputy Wyman was activated for military duty and served in Iraq. Upon returning from military service, Deputy Wyman worked at the Waterville field office.
Deputy Wyman is survived by his wife Lauren and his 18 month old son. They are expecting their second child. Authorities with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office said that Lauren was due with that child Tuesday and had gone into labor. Wyman is also survived by his mother, father, and sister.