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Trooper, deputy assaulted with stun gun responding to domestic in Oswego County

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State police say a trooper is recovering after being assaulted by an assailant during an investigation in the town of Hannibal.


According to state police, on May 8 around 12:16 p.m. Trooper Alicia Gorka and an Oswego County Deputy were dispatched to a domestic incident on Harris Hill Road.

When the two arrived, Trooper Gorka interviewed the complainant, who reported that his son, identified as James Stevens Jr., was acting erratically- punching holes in his closet walls.

When Trooper Gorka and the Oswego County Deputy advised Stevens that he was under arrest, he physically resisted and struck the Trooper and the Deputy with his closed fists. Stevens was then able to gain control of the deputy’s taser and drive stunned the deputy and the Trooper.

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The Deputy regained control of his taser and again deployed it, after which Stevens was taken into custody. Stevens was transported to Oswego Hospital where he refused all treatment.

James R. Stevens Jr., 41, was arrested for second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and third-degree sex abuse.

Stevens was arraigned in Oswego County CAP court and remanded to the Oswego County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail; $50, 000 bond; $250,000 unsecured bond.

Trooper Gorka sustained a contusion to her face as well as drive stun marks to her torso. The Deputy also sustained a drive stun-related injury. Both were treated at Oswego Hospital and released.