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Report criticizes law enforcement response the night Deputy Wyman was killed in Oneida County

A critical review has been released regarding the night – two and a half years ago – on which Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman was shot and killed by a man barricaded inside a home.
Utica (WSYR-TV) – A critical review has been released regarding the night – two and a half years ago – on which Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman was shot and killed by a man barricaded inside a home.

The independent review was requested by the Sheriff’s Office – and it found that many parts of the incident should have been handled differently.

Deputy Wyman was among the first police officers to respond to a call of a distressed man in Knoxboro in June 2011.

The report indicates that the six-hour standoff could have been conducted much differently.

The review cites elements including:
  • The lack of training among the officers responding
  • A member of the department leading the emergency response team who hadn’t been training with the group in some time
  • A lack of a clear plan communicated to all on the scene
It found that even members aware of the plan to use less lethal rounds were unaware of what would happen should they be fired.

"This was done for the betterment of all law enforcement and with the acknowledgement that yes things maybe could have been done better but let's move forward from here,” said Glenville Police Chief Michael Ranalli, chief author of the report.

"No one wanted the outcome of that day to be what it was so I think any time something tragic like this occurs it's our obligation to do what we can to better improve things or change things and many of them we've already implemented,” said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol,

The Sheriff says they have made changes with the training protocol in the department – they’ve also added critical equipment that was lacking that night.

The Sheriff’s Office now has a remote controlled robot, an armored vehicle, and a mobile command post.

Wyman’s killer – Christian Patterson – is serving a life sentence in prison.

To view the report, click here.

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