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Vestal police name suspect in officer involved shooting

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Pellet Pistol
Vestal Police say this pellet pistol was recovered from the officer-involved shooting that occurred May 13

VESTAL (WBNG) -- Authorities identified the suspect in an officer-involved shooting on May 13 on the Vestal Parkway.

The Vestal Police Department says 29-year-old Colin Yurick of Michigan is accused of drawing a weapon on an officer and causing a three-hour long standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies.

When he was removed from his vehicle, a pellet pistol fell from his lap, authorities say.

Police say Yurick will be charged with menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree.

The charges have not been filed due to Yurick being in the hospital recovering from two non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Police say Yurick is accused of a "shooting incident" in Bethlehem, Pa. just three-hours earlier.

They say he shot at least three people with a pellet gun at a gas station. At least one of the victims required hospital treatment.

Vestal Police say authorities in Bethlehem did not identify Yurick as a suspect until five days after the incident in Vestal occurred.

Bethlehem Police have issued warrants for the following charges

  • Three counts of aggravated assault
  • Possession of an instrument of a crime with intent to use it criminally
  • Three counts of simple assault
  • Three counts of recklessly endangering another person
  • Criminal mischief - damaging property
  • Three counts of harassment
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Carry/discharge an air rifle in a public place

Vestal authorities say Yurick was arrested in Michigan in August 2019 for brandishing a pellet pistol.

They say they do not know why Yurick was in Vestal.

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