Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, New York End of Watch: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Deputy Sheriff
Kurt Wyman

Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, New York
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 24
Tour of Duty: 3 years 8 months
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: June 7, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Long Rifle
Suspect Info: Chris Patterson 41

Agency Contact Information

Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
6065 Judd Road
Oriskany, NY 13424
Phone: (315) 765-7804

Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman was shot and killed during a standoff following a domestic disturbance in Knoxboro.
Officers had responded to the scene at approximately 9:00 pm when the man barricaded himself in his garage with a firearm. Negotiators were attempted to get the man to surrender when he opened fire on them at approximately 2:00 am, killing Deputy Wyman. The suspect was also shot in the exchange of gunfire.
Deputy Wyman is survived by his expectant wife, whose due date was the day Deputy Wyman was slain.

Sheriff Deputy Kurt Wyman and suspect shot in standoff

KNOXBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) – Oneida County Sheriffs confirm to NEWSChannel 2 that one deputy was shot in a standoff in the Hamlet of Knoxboro in Southern Oneida County.
Police were responding to a domestic incident at a home on Knoxboro Road when a man took himself hostage in his garage. That man, being identified as 41-year-old Chris Patterson, reportedly shot the deputy.
According to Lt. James McCarthy of the Sheriff’s Department, both the deputy and Patterson are in surgery in the St. Elizabeth Medical Center emergency room.
McCarthy could not specify where the officer was shot and could not elaborate on the extent of either of their injuries.
The deputy’s identification is not being released as family members are still being notified.
The domestic incident at the home originally involved Patterson’s wife and child, but they were released early on without harm.
Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputies said they have a press conference scheduled for later Tuesday morning.

No word on the injuries of the alleged gunman.

The domestic incident at the home originally involved Patterson’s wife and child, but they were released early on without harm.

At a press conference held Tuesday morning, Sheriff Maciol explained that Wyman had been an active member of the Marine Corps as a Corporel and served overseas.

“He served with pride and he will be greatly missed,” Sheriff Maciol said.

Maciol said the incident is still an active aggravated murder investigation, which limited the amount of information that could be released Tuesday morning.

“Our hearts go out to the Wyman family, and more importantly this law enforcemtn comunity that continues to protet us night and day who never understand what they face whenever they go out on a call,” Oneida County Executive Anthoyn Picente said at the press conference.

Both Sheriff Maciol and County Executive Picente asked media to refrain from contacting the grieving family.

Patterson will be charged with aggravated murder, an A-1 felony, Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said.

“The pnly punishment for it is life imprisonment without parole,” D.A. McNamara said, who added that those charges will be filed when it is appropriate, pending Patterson’s release from St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he was still recovering from his injuries Tuesday morning.

The investigation is still ongoing, Sheriff Maciol said.

“His service to this country and this county were second to none,” Sheriff Maciol said of Deputy Wyman.

Wyman served with the United States Marine Corp In Iraq.

Wyman is survived by his wife, 18 month old child and yet unborn child expected today.

This is especially hard for many of us. Deputy Wyman was a member of my former Department and was working in one of my old patrol area’s.  His wife is expecting their child today. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Meanwhile I offer the prayer that St. Michael expedites Kurt’s arrival to a place of peace and watches over his family in this very difficult time.

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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.

From Utica Daily News


AUGUSTA, June 7, 2011 – An Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident that led to a six-hour standoff Monday night into Tuesday morning.

Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol said at a news conference Tuesday morning that Deputy Kurt Wyman, 24, also an active Marine Corps. Reserve corporal, was shot by suspect Christian Patterson, 41, of Knoxboro with a shotgun he had in his possession throughout the standoff.

The shooting took place at Patterson’s home at 5488 Knoxboro Road, where Wyman and Dept. Mar Chrysler responded around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

“The person barricaded himself inside the garage with a long rifle,” Maciol said.

Patterson’s live-in girlfriend, Shannon Secor, fled from the home in the midst of the standoff to the safety of a neighbor’s home, Maciol said. Patterson had threatened to kill her.

Inv. David Nowakowski and Sgt. Robert Nelson had tried in vain during the six-hour standoff to negotiate with Patterson. They thought he might harm himself, and attempted to take him into custody at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

That, Maciol said, is when shots rang out and Wyman was killed. Patterson also shot at Nowakowski. A shooting spree ensued after Patterson began firing, and three deputies shot back, injuring the suspect.

Both men were treated at the scene and transported to Utica’s St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Patterson’s condition is not known.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara said authorities will lodge charges of aggravated murder, a class A-1 felony, punishable by life imprisonment without any chance of parole, dependent on Patterson’s condition.

“Unfortunately, this is another sad day for the Oneida County law enforcement community,” McNamara said. “Myself and all members of the law enforcement family would like to send out thoughts and prayers to the Wyman family.”


Wyman leaves behind his wife, Lauren, an 18-month-old son, and an unborn baby. As this story develops, Lauren Wyman is in labor. He is also survived by his parents and sister.

Maciol said Wyman has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office since October 11, 2007. A two- time recipient of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Grand Cordon Medal, he also received the Rookie of the Year Award in 2010.

“This past Memorial Day, he walked by my side at the parade,” Maciol said, expressing sympathies on behalf of the sheriff’s office to Wyman’s family. “He was an exceptional public servant who served his country and served his county with pride, and he will be greatly missed.”

Wyman was deployed with the Marines to Iraq in 2008, and worked at the Waterville field office for the sheriff’s department when he returned.


Maciol, alongside County executive Anthony Picente, asked all media outlets to refrain from contacting Wyman’s family in the immediate wake of his death.

“This is a sad and tragic day for entire Oneida County community,” Picente said somberly. “We have had to go through this three times in last five years, where our officers have been killed in the line of duty.”

He cited New Hartford Police Officer Joseph Corr in 2006, Utica Police Officer Thomas Lindsey in 2007, and now Wyman.

“He was… a fine example of our law enforcement community,” Picente said. “We were so grateful and fortunate to have (him) among us, and our hearts go out to the Wyman family, and … to this law enforcement community that continues to protect us night and day; and never understand what they will face when they go out on a call.”

Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski said after the conference what the entire law enforcement community seemed to feel.

“This is just a tragic and immense loss to our agency,” he said emotionally, adding that there wasn’t much else he could say.


Swenszkowski said he didn’t believe that the sheriff’s department had a mug shot of Patterson on file. A check into the system for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services also yielded no results that show a record of a violent past. In fact, his name wasn’t searchable on the Web lest Tuesday morning’s tragedy.

However, Utica College officials said in a statement released by UC Tuesday morning that Patterson is an employee of the company that provides facilites management services to the college, Temco Facility Services:

This morning the Utica College community and the rest of the Mohawk Valley awoke to news of the tragic shooting in Knoxboro that has since claimed the life of Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman. The suspected shooter, Chris Patterson, is an employee of the company that provides facilities management services to the college. According to news reports, Mr. Patterson was shot on the scene and is currently hospitalized. Our thoughts and condolences are with Deputy Wyman’s family, friends, and colleagues in the local law enforcement community, as well as all others affected by this terrible tragedy.

Utica Daily News did try to contact Temco and left a message Tuesday, but has yet to recieve a call back from them.

According to the Temco Web site:

Temco takes a thoughtful, analytical approach to customizing solutions for your facility services needs. We deliver outstanding results – and reduce costs – for our clients in education, business and industry, and commercial real estate.

Maciol said due to the investigation continuing, many details about the incident could not be released just yet: Things such as the exact injuries each man sustained, how many rounds fired, or even the cause of the domestic dispute Wyman and his colleagues had initially responded to.


“Family was certainly number one with (Wyman),” Maciol said reflecting on Wyman. “His commitment to his country and to his county were second-to-none. It’s a tragic day.”

On the Utica Police department Facebook page Tuesday morning, a solitary statement was posted on behalf of the UPD:

The Utica Police extend our deepest sympathies to the family and law enforcement family of Oneida County Sheriff’s Deputy Kurt Wyman. He was shot and killed in Knoxboro early this morning.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Wyman’s shooting brings the total line of duty death toll up to 80 — across the country, another deputy in Tenesee was shot and killed shortly after Wyman.

Photos other than the officials sheriff’s office picture courtesy of Facebook.

This story is developing, so check back with Utica Daily News periodically for new details.


‘We’ve never seen anything like this here’: The story of Knoxboro

What we know about Christian Patterson, suspect in Dep. Wyman’s shooting

Press ReleaseMany organizations and the public have expressed there desire to make a donation to the family of Deputy Kurt Wyman. In response, the OCPBA has opened a designated account with M & T Bank for deposit of contributions to the family.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Wyman family, please make the check out to the OCPBA, and write Family or Children in the memo area.

Contributions and condolences can be mailed to the OCPBA, PO Box 376, Westmoreland, N.Y. 13490.

Michael Simmons
OCPBA President


3 Responses to “Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, New York End of Watch: Tuesday, June 7, 2011”

  1. 1 Bill Finegan June 7, 2011 at 09:05

    Please join with us in honoring Deputy Kurt Wyman.

  2. 3 themunz June 11, 2011 at 22:10

    The day of Deputy Wyman’s murder his wife gave birth to a healthy beautiful baby girl.

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