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Retired WNY Sheriff's Deputy charged with murder

PERRY, N.Y. (WROC) - A Perry Town Board member and retired Wyoming County Sheriff's deputy has been charged with murder.

Investigators say Joe Mlyniec shot and killed Robert Irvine III at Mlyniec's home on New York State Route 246 in Perry on Wednesday.

In a Thursday morning news conference, prosecutors couldn’t detail the timeline of the shooting or the motive. But, investigators say the shooting happened Wednesday evening in Mlyniec's driveway at his farm. Emergency crews responded to the scene following a 911 call made by Mlyniec himself.

WROC-TV reports that Mlyniec worked for the sheriff's department for more than two decades before retiring in 2008. He was rehired the following year and worked until 2013 as a part-time deputy before retiring for good.

Speaking with members of the media, authorities were adamant that Mlyniec's former role with the sheriff's department won't create a conflict of interest in the investigation.

"We are more than confident that this investigation will be done thoroughly," said Sheriff Gregory Rudolph.

District Attorney Donald O'Geen added, "Professions don't commit crimes, people do."

As for the victim, prosecutors didn't share much information, but did say the sheriff's office was familiar with Irvine. The sheriff says Irvine was in their system -- but prosecutors made it clear that didn't necessarily mean he had a criminal record.

Mlyniec was arraigned late Wednesday night and is being held without bail. He is expected to appear in Warsaw Town Court on Monday, March 12.


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