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After Action Report Released on Death of Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman

The final report of what happened the night Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman was shot and killed during a domestic standoff in 2011 was released Friday. An independent group of law enforcement experts took a critical look at how the situation was handled and how Wyman's death might have been prevented.
The final report of what happened the night Oneida County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Wyman was shot and killed during a domestic standoff in 2011 was released Friday. An independent group of law enforcement experts took a critical look at how the situation was handled and how Wyman's death might have been prevented.
The committee had quite a few recommendations for the Sheriff's Office. At the end of the After Action Report they list about 20 new policies the Sheriff should implement. The focus of Friday’s presentation was learning from past mistakes in order to prevent another situation like this from happening in the future.
"I think at any time when 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 Sheriff Robert Maciol of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.
Of the lengthy list provided by the independent company who analyzed the incident, more training, specifically cross training, communication and a stronger staff structure at the command post were highlighted. The Sheriff stressed the importance of transparency and using people from outside the agency to improve policies.
"The post incident actions and the recommendations, they're all important and I think all of them put together will show that we're doing our best to prevent something like this from happening in the future,” says Sheriff Maciol.
Sheriff Maciol was joined by the authors of the report and Wyman's father. Wyman's family read the report strictly for information, not to point fingers at anyone for what happened.
"We went into sitting down and reading that report as a family, we discussed it, we didn't go into reading it to assign blame,” said Brian Wyman, Kurt’s father.
The man who killed Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman, Christian Patterson, is serving a life sentence in prison.
The full report can be found on the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office website.

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