LANSING, N.Y.—Tompkins County Sheriff Derek Osborne has released further details about the shootout and subsequent car accident that left one person dead in Lansing in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Osborne announced that one of the drivers of the two cars involved in the incident, which involved several reports of gunfire, a high-speed chase and a subsequent two-car accident near the 500 block of Auburn Road in Lansing around 1:50 a.m. the morning of March 13, (more details here) has been charged. Garaus A. Henry, 26, of Lansing, was charged Saturday afternoon with three counts of second degree attempted murder and one count of second degree aggravated criminal possession of a weapon, all of which are felonies. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail.
Sha-Heem Harris, aged 21, was a passenger in the other car and was declared dead at the scene. Depending on the results of Harris’ autopsy, charges related to the incident could be elevated. Two others were in the car with him: Saad Letif Muhammed, 41, who is currently at Guthrie Medical Center being treated for a “minor gunshot wound and injuries related to the car accident;” and Tyrone Fair, aged 61, who is being treated at the same hospital for “serious injuries related to the car accident.” All three are from Elmira, N.Y.
Henry’s passenger, Fausto Gio Frias (otherwise known as Junior Brooks), aged 19, was treated for minor injuries related to the car accident. It does not appear, from the sheriff’s release, that Frias was charged. Henry was briefly treated for injuries and released, then treated again before his arraignment for lingering symptoms and released.
Osborne reiterated his request that residents along the route between the 600 block of Ridge Road and the 500 block of Auburn Road, all in the Town of Lansing, check their residences for bullet holes and submit any camera footage they may have of that time frame. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s tipline is (607) 266-5420.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the deputies and investigators that worked so hard on bringing this case to a prompt conclusion,” wrote Osborne. “I also appreciated the support of our partners, the New York State Police, Lansing Fire Department, Bangs Ambulance and Dryden Ambulance who all provided an incredible amount of support.”