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UPDATE: Dryden man surrenders to state police

UPDATE 6:15 P.M.

DRYDEN N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police say Eric McLaurin surrendered himself at the Dryden Town Court around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

State Police says McLaurin fired a shotgun at  home in Dryden Tuesday afternoon.

According to troopers, McLaurin was arraigned on the felony charge of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree.

He has been remanded to the Tompkins County Jail on $6,000 cash bail or $12,000 bond.


DRYDEN, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York State Police say troopers are searching for a suspect who fired a shot from a home on State Route 366 (Dryden Road) in Dryden Tuesday afternoon.

According to police, the suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Eric McLaurin. Police say McLaurin is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds.

Troopers from Ithaca were called to the report of shots fired at approximately 2:41 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say a woman and young child were reportedly in the home but left before troopers arrived.


Police say Dryden Road was between Turkey Hill and Baker Hill roads for several hours as crews attempted to make make contact with McLaurin. There was also a “shelter in place” for area residents.

Eventually, members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) entered the home and learned he was not inside.


Members from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Ithaca City Police assisted the New York State Police during the situation.

Police say anyone who sees McLaurin should not approach him, but immediately call 911 or Tompkins County dispatch at (607) 272-2444.

Nicky Hickling

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