The Oneida County Sheriff is investigating injuries a 52 year old State Corrections Officer sustained who picked up a package that was left outside his residence this morning that exploded when he picked it up.
The victim was not identified at this time and it was not determined if his occupation is relevant to the device that was left on his doorstep that caused his injuries. The Sheriff’s Office released the following news release:
According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, the Sheriff’s Office is investigating a package that exploded outside a residence on Old Floyd Road in the Town of Floyd. Around 8:00am, a resident of the home picked up a package that was near his mailbox and it then exploded. The victim, a 52 year old male, sustained burns to his upper extremities and was initially taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital and has since been transported to SUNY Upstate Hospital in Syracuse. The name of the victim is not being released at this time.
The victim is currently employed as a Correction Officer for the NYS Department of Corrections. It is unknown at this time if this incident is connected to the victim’s employment as a State Correction Officer.
According to Sheriff Maciol, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has case responsibility with this investigation and they are being assisted by the New York State Police, the Utica Police Department, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms), and the NYS Department of Corrections.
Initially at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by the Floyd Fire Department and AmCare Ambulance.
If anyone has any information regarding this incident or if they have seen anything suspicious in the area of Old Floyd Road, they are being asked to call the Oneida County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Unit at 765-2237.