VERONA, N.Y. (UPDATED) – An Oneida County Sheriff’s deputy was injured by a suspect while responding to a domestic dispute in Verona Wednesday afternoon.
Law enforcement was called to the scene on Germany Road around 1 p.m., when it was alleged that 37-year-old Joseph Ruggerio, of Rome, threatened a woman with a gun, then stole from her.
Sheriff's deputies arrived an attempted to take Ruggerio into custody, but he fled from officers.
A short foot pursuit followed at which time Ruggerio hit a deputy in the head.
Ruggerio and the deputy were both taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries and later released.
As a result of the domestic incident, Ruggerio was arrested on the following charges:
- Burglary in the Second Degree (Class C Felony)
- Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (C Felony)
- Robbery in the Third Degree (Class D Felony)
- Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Class E Felony)
- Menacing in the Second Degree (Class A Misdemeanor)
As a result of the altercation with the Deputy, Ruggerio was also charged with:
- Assault in the Second Degree (Class D Felony)
Ruggerio is currently being held at the Oneida County Jail awaiting arraignment.
Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Deputies were assisted on scene by the Criminal Investigation Unit along with members of New York State Police and Vineall Ambulance.