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Aurelius man stabs Cayuga County sheriff’s deputy

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A Cayuga County Sheriff’s deputy was stabbed Friday (October 23) evening during the execution of a court-ordered arrest at a residence on State Route 90 in the town of Aurelius.

(Gaffney)

Police were directed to the home by a court order that mandated a seizure of firearms from 39-year-old Luke Gaffney, who was wanted for an incident the day prior that led to issuance of an order of protection and criminal charges for Obstruction of Breathing, Mischief and 3rd degree assault.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with Gaffney, who became non-compliant and started to fight with them. He eventually pulled a knife and stabbed Deputy Adam Bacon multiple times, before retreating back into his home for a standoff.

Additional units from more than a dozen agencies responded to establish a perimeter.

Gaffney threatened to use his weapons against law enforcement, but gave himself up to police several hours later without further incident.

He was hit with an additional charge for Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer with a Deadly Weapon (B Felony), then arraigned and remanded to Cayuga County Jail with no bail.

The injured deputy was treated and released from Upstate Medical Center and is now recovering from non life-threatening wounds.

“I would like to thank the countless agencies and individuals that assisted with this incident providing law enforcement services, emergency medical services, traffic control, and other assistance as well as numerous others that offered additional help if needed,” said Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck. “Thank you as well to each and every member of our Sheriff’s Office, our law enforcement partners, fire and EMS providers, and especially Deputy Bacon, for putting your personal safety on the line for others every day to help us maintain a safe community. Lastly, let me personally thank each and every one of your family members that support the work that you do and are forced to continually worry about your wellbeing as you put your safety on the line each day. I know firsthand how difficult this can be.”


The following agencies responded to assist the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department:

  • Auburn Police Department
  • New York State Police
  • Seneca County Sheriff’s Office
  • Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office
  • Syracuse Police Department
  • Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office
  • Waterloo Police Department
  • NY State Park Police
  • Cayuga County 911 Dispatch
  • Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office
  • Aurelius Fire Department
  • Cayuga Fire Department
  • Fleming Fire Department
  • TLC Ambulance
  • AMR Ambulance
  • Critical Incident Stress Team

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