Investigators: Victim in Perry murder case was shot 4 times


    Robert Irvine III was shot four times - once each in the leg, chest, neck and head, according to Wyoming County Sheriff's investigators. (Photo: Irvine family for WHAM)

    Perry, N.Y. (WHAM) - Investigators with the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said the man who was shot and killed by a retired deputy was shot four times.

    Robert Irvine III was shot four times - once each in the leg, chest, neck and head. Forensic investigators said a .45 caliber handgun was likely used and was found at the home of Joseph Mlyniec, the man accused of shooting Irvine. Mlyniec is a Town Board member in Perry. Mlyniec retired from the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office after more than 20 years in 2008. He served as a part-time deputy from 2009-2013.

    Technicians said they need to further analyze the handgun to confirm it was the weapon used. They also found multiple electronic devices and are working to analyze them for additional potential evidence in the homicide investigation.

    A full autopsy report will not be completed for several months awaiting toxicology.

    Wyoming County District Attorney Donald O'Geen said Mlyniec and Irvine were not strangers, describing them as ‘acquaintances.’ The D.A.'s Office will continue to look at their relationship, O'Geen said.

    "They are not strangers to each other, but I know the investigators are out today and in the days ahead to learn more about this relationship," said O'Geen.

    ANYS DEC Police K-9 helped investigators, along with a NYS Parks Police drone and a New York State Police Forensic Unit that helped with measurements and 3D imagery inside the home.

    Mlyniec remains in the Wyoming County Jail with no bail. He is scheduled to be back in court in the town of Warsaw on May 21. O’Geen said the case will likely be presented to a grand jury in the interim.

    Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the confidential tipline at (585) 786-8965 or Captain Edward Till at (585) 786-8989.

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