Update: Man who fired shots in Dryden turns himself in

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Update (6:39 pm): State Police at Ithaca have arrested Eric McLaurin. He surrendered himself at the Dryden Town Court around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. 

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. 

Previous: A warrant has been issued for a wanted man after several shots were fired in the Dryden area, prompting neighbors to shelter in place.

State Police are On the Lookout for Eric J. McLaurin, 31. 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 a home in the 1100 block of State Route 366 (Dryden Road). A woman and young child were reportedly in the home 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 neighbors 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.

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