New York State Police are searching for a suspect who fired a shot from a residence on State Route 366 (Dryden Road) in the town of Dryden. The suspect is identified as 31-year-old Eric J. McLaurin. He is described as a black male, with hazel eyes and black hair. McLaurin is 5’10 and weighs approximately 160 pounds.
Troopers from Ithaca were dispatched to a call of “shots fired” at approximately 2:41 p.m., at the residence in the 1100 block of State Route 366 (Dryden Road). A woman and young child were reportedly in the residence at the time of the call but left on their own accord prior to troopers arriving. The situation was fluid for several hours with the road closed between Turkey Hill and Baker Hill Roads. After making several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with McLaurin, members of SORT (Special Operations Response Team) were able to make entry and learned McLaurin was not in the residence.
A shelter in place for residents in the area was lifted and the roadway was reopened. Members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and Ithaca City Police assisted the New York State Police during the situation.
Troopers remained in the area throughout the night.
UPDATE: On Wednesday evening, McLaurin surrendered himself at the Dryden Town Court. He was arraigned on the felony charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree and remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on $6,000 cash bail or $12,000 bond.
The investigation is on-going, and police say more charges are likely.