TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Police are investigating a roadside shots fired incident that took place in the 100 block of Horton Road in the Town of Newfield.

Deputies with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint around 11:38 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. The complainant said he was driving near the intersection of Trumbulls Corners Road and Horton Road when he saw a red Jeep on the side of the road.

The driver pulled up behind the jeep “as he witnessed occupants of the Jeep throwing trash out onto the side of the road,” according to the police’s press release. He then confronted the two men, who exited the Jeep and showed handguns.

“One of the males pointed his gun at the victim and then fired a shot into the victim’s vehicle,” wrote Tompkins County Road Patrol Lieutenant Kyle Koskinen. “The other male fired a second shot in an unknown direction.”

The victim then returned to his car and left the scene, but said he last saw the Jeep traveling south on Horton Road.

Koskinen wrote that the first suspect was described as a white man, skinny, about 6 feet tall with a short full beard, possibly of Hispanic descent. The other was described as a Black man, heavy set and slightly taller than the white man and about 30-40 years old. The red Jeep’s license plate began with “KBC” but the state is not known.

Police asked anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office at (607) 257-1345.

Matt Butler

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