Dryden shooting suspect turns himself in, police say

Eric McLaurin, 32

DRYDEN, N.Y. — State police ended their search for a suspect accused of firing a shot from a home on Route 366 in the town of Dryden after he turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

Eric J. McLaurin, 32, walked into Dryden Town Court at around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon and surrendered, police said. He was arraigned on a felony charge of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a felony, and taken to the Tompkins County Jail on $6,000 cash bail.

McLaurin was identified as a suspect on Tuesday after state police responded to a report of shots fired from a home on the 1100 block of Route 366 in Dryden at around 2:41 p.m.

A woman and young child were reportedly in the residence at the time of the call, but left “on their own accord” prior to police arrival, state police said in a news release. Police closed off Route 366 between Turkey Hill and Baker Hill roads for several hours.

After making several unsuccessful attempts to make contact with McLaurin, members of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) were able to make entry, but McLaurin had already left the residence.

Members of the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and the Ithaca Police Department assisted state police during the incident.