New York deputy sheriff killed, wife goes into labor

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 07, 2011 2:48 PM
New York deputy sheriff killed, wife goes into labor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A deputy sheriff in upstate New York was fatally shot while trying to calm a man attempting suicide, and his death prompted his wife to go into labor on Tuesday with their second child, authorities said.

Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman, 24, was killed after a nearly six-hour standoff that began on Monday night at the home of Christian Patterson in Augusta, about 60 miles east of Syracuse, authorities said.

Armed with a shotgun, Patterson was threatening to kill himself and his girlfriend, who managed to flee, they said.

When authorities tried to take Patterson into custody early on Tuesday, he shot and killed Wyman, they said.

Wyman's pregnant wife Lauren went into labor upon hearing the news of her husband's death, said Lieutenant James McCarthy of the Oneida County, New York, Sheriff's Department.

"Right now she's still in labor and being taken care of at the hospital," McCarthy said. "She has family at her side."

Lauren Wyman was more than nine months pregnant and already expected to go into labor imminently, he said.

Patterson was shot and wounded and being treated at a local hospital. Charges against him were pending, McCarthy said.

Wyman had been with the sheriff's office for almost four years and had spent a year stationed in Iraq in 2008 with a Marine Corps Reserve unit, McCarthy said.

Wyman and his wife had an 18-month-old son.

(Reporting by Aman Ali; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)