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12 March 2019
Dryden suspect in custody

Major William F. McEvoy
Troop C Commander


Update March 13, 2019:
New York State Police at Ithaca have arrested 32-year-old* Eric J. McLaurin.  McLaurin surrendered himself at the Dryden Town Court this afternoon, March 13, 2019 at approximately 4:00 p.m. 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, more charges are likely. 

*(correction from previously stated age 31)
 Eric McLaurin

Update March 12, 2019:
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 has been lifted and the roadway has been reopened. Members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and Ithaca City Police assisted the New York State Police during the situation. 
If you see McLaurin do not approach him and call 911 or Tompkins County dispatch at (607)272-2444. Troopers will remain in the area throughout the night. 

Original release:
State Route 366 in the town of Dryden is closed between Turkey Hill and Baker Hill Roads.  New York State Police at Ithaca were dispatched to a “shots fired” call at approximately 2:41 p.m. this afternoon.  At this time, the situation is on-going and fluid. State Police are asking residents in the area to shelter in place and all others to avoid the area as the investigation continues.   

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