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A few seconds during a standoff in 2011 rocked the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and forced them to take a hard look at themselves. More than two years later, the sheriff releases a report detailing the failures leading up to Deputy Kurt Wyman's death. YNN's Andrew Sorensen tells us why they're releasing such a harsh self-critique, and what effect they hope it will have.

ORISKANY, N.Y. -- A new report is offering previously unheard details about a difficult time for the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, when Deputy Kurt Wyman was shot and killed in a 2011 stand-off.

Wyman was the first to respond to Christian Patterson's house for a domestic dispute.

He found Patterson in the garage with a shotgun.

For the next several hours, as many as ten deputies hid behind Wyman's patrol car.

They eventually shot Patterson with less-than-lethal rounds, Wyman shot his taser.

Patterson shot back, hitting Wyman in the neck but what was going on behind the scenes was arguably more chaotic.

"When a tragedy is over with, there is nothing that can go back and take it back. You can't fix it," said Town of Glenville Police Chief Michael Ranalli.

Ranalli and three other independent professionals authored the report after Patterson was sentenced to life last year.

They officially unveiled it in a news conference Friday.

"It is good when something can be done to try and prevent another tragedy in the future," Ranalli said.

They lay out several aspects of what amounts to failure to be prepared.

The command structure was improperly established, leading to ambiguous direction during the stand-off; none of their emergency team had anywhere close to the recommended training hours, no one had been trained with their night-vision goggles, so they just weren't used, and doubts are raised that one of the officers knew how to properly fire his assault rifle.

Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol said, "It's our obligation to do what we can to better improve things, or change things, and many of them we've already implemented."

The shortcomings are blamed on limited budgets.

Sheriff Rob Maciol said that's one of the big changes.

"Two pieces of equipment that are key that are mentioned in this report were authorized for me to purchase at the tune of three-quarters of a million dollars, for an armored rescue vehicle and a mobile command post," Maciol said.

But he added the rest is just about moving forward as they hope to incorporate the report into their training, and push for other agencies around the country to do the same.

To view the full, 70-page report, head to oneidacountysheriff.us.

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