ITHACA, N.Y.—Tompkins County District Attorney Matt Van Houten has announced the indictment of three suspects in connection with the shots fired incident on Nov. 9 on First Street, which led to an hours-long manhunt through the City of Ithaca, the Town of Ithaca and Cayuga Heights.

The indictments for Ramello Jackson, of Ithaca, and Trimard Campbell, of Utica, include alleged second degree criminal possession of a weapon, third degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm and first degree reckless endangerment. Police also announced, for the first time, the identity of the third suspect: Sherrod Erskine, 20, of Rochester, who was indicted on the same charges.

Erskine is not in custody, but police said a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Champbell was additionally charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle. Campbell has been incarcerated since he was arrested in the aftermath of the shots fired call, while Jackson initially posted bail but was then remanded on “an unrelated matter,” according to the DA’s office. Both are in the Tompkins County Jail.

“The recent trend of gun violence in our community will not be tolerated,” said Van Houten in a press release. “The District Attorney’s office will swiftly and zealously prosecute individuals arrested with illegal firearms in Tompkins County. I want to commend the efforts of local law enforcement, specifically the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, for their quick and effective response to this highly volatile incident.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at