UPDATE (8:10 a.m. March 14) — This story has been updated with additional information from Dryden Town Court, including his next court appearance. 

VARNA, N.Y. — New York State Police now have 32-year-old Eric J. McLaurin, who was wanted after a “shots fired” incident Tuesday on Dryden Road, in custody. Police say McLaurin surrendered himself at the Dryden Town Court on Wednesday afternoon.

McLaurin had been sought by police after a “shots fired” incident was reported to police Tuesday afternoon on the 1100 block of Dryden Road. State police responded to the scene along with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Ithaca Police Department at about 2:41 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, police blocked off traffic within a one-mile radius and asked local residents to shelter in place.

When the shots were first reported to state police, it was also reported that a woman and young child were in the residence at the time of the call, but had left on their own accord before police arrived. Police were stationed outside the home at 1132 Dryden Road/Route 366 for several hours and blocked off the road between Turkey Hill and Baker Hill roads.

Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer for NYSP Troop C, gives a brief update to press Tuesday, March 12, when McLaurin was still believed to be in the residence on Dryden Road. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)
Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer for NYSP Troop C, gives a brief update to press Tuesday, March 12, when McLaurin was still believed to be in the residence on Dryden Road. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

At about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police reported that after making several unsuccessful attempts to contact McLaurin, they entered the home and found he was not there. Police asked the public to report any sightings of McLaurin, but he ultimately turned himself in at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, about 23 hours since the incident was reported.

He was arraigned on a felony charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to the felony complaint filed in Dryden Town Court, McLaurin had a loaded Hi-Point .380 ACP handgun in his possession and intended to use it against a person.

In a news release Wednesday, state police said the investigation is ongoing and “more charges are likely.”

He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $6,000 cash bail or $12,000 bond. As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, he had not posted bail.

McLaurin is due back in Dryden Town Court at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15.

Ithaca Voice Reporter Devon Magliozzi contributed to this report.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.