According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on October 23, 2022, at around 10:45pm, sheriff’s deputies responded to 7522 Camroden Rd. in the Town of Floyd for a reported loud music complaint.

Upon arrival, they found loud music coming from the residence at that location and attempted to locate the person that lived there to ask that it get turned down. The deputy knocked on the door to the residence and could see a man sitting in a chair inside the residence through the glass sliding door. The deputy continued to knock on the door and identify himself by using his flashlight because the music was so loud. The deputy reported that the man looked at him and then away on several occasions before pulling a black handgun from his side and pointing it at him through the sliding glass door.

The deputy moved away from the door and took a position of cover while he called for assistance. A perimeter was established as additional deputies and state troopers responded to the scene. Sheriff’s negotiators were called to the scene as was Oneida County Metro SWAT in an attempt to get the man to surrender to police. After several hours, the man came out of the residence without further incident. A search warrant was later executed at the residence to locate the weapon that was pointed at the deputy and a BB gun was the only weapon located inside the residence.

James G. Damuth, age 45 from that same address was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a D Felony. Damuth was lodged at the Oneida County Jail pending an arraignment in CAP Court.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible. An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) was also filed against Damuth and served on him at the time of his arrest.