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Three Deputies Injured Subduing Hatchet Wielding Suspect

On November 28, at about 1:30 p.m., Oswego County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of County Route 10 in the Town of Schroeppel on a report of a man swinging an axe at passing motorists.

When deputies arrived, they were confronted by a man who was acting erratically and swinging what appeared to be a hatchet.

The man was ordered several times to drop the weapon, but failed to comply.

The man advanced aggressively towards officers and pepper spray was deployed.

The man was disarmed and taken into custody.

As a result of the altercation, three deputies were injured.

They were treated at area medical facilities and released.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital for evaluation.

Sheriff’s Lieutenant E.J. Dillon suffered a laceration, Deputy M. Chipman suffered a broken hand, and Deputy D. Bacon injured his knee trying to control the suspect.

The suspect has been identified as 55-year-old James E. Rogers of 14 Nottingham Runne, Pennellville.

He is being charged with 1 count of Aggravated assault on a police officer, a Class B felony, 1 count of Assault in the second degree, a Class D felony, Menacing a police officer, a Class D felony, Criminal possession of a weapon third degree, a Class D felony, and Resisting arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.

He will be arraigned in a local court later this evening.

Members of the New York State Police, Border Patrol, Caughdenoy Fire Department and Menter Ambulance responded and assisted as well.

The investigation is continuing and sheriff’s investigators ask anyone who may have been in the area of County Route 10 near Oneida River Road at the time of the incident call 349-3411 with any further information.