Deputies: Man charged after fleeing deputies after shot fired


The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office says a landlord-tenant dispute escalated to the point where a friend of the landlord was arrested overnight.

Deputies say it started at around 10:50 p.m. Sunday when the tenant called 911 to report two males had parked a tractor in his driveway and posted a large sign in the yard. Deputies said the pair was armed with a shotgun and fired a shot before leaving in a vehicle.

"Very seldom does it extend to these circumstances because this could have been serious. There was a shotgun at the scene. There was a shotgun that was fired at the scene. It was not fired at anyone or at a house. It was fired in the air," Sheriff Dave Gould said.

The sheriff's office, with assistance from state police, saw the vehicle in the area just after 1 a.m. Monday.

When they tried to stop the vehicle, it instead fled and ended up in a ditch on Town Hall Road in Owasco, deputies said. Following the crash, 50-year-old Eric Simmons, of Owasco, and a 14-year-old were taken into custody uninjured, according to the sheriff's office.

Simmons was arrested on counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, Menacing, Obstructing Governmental Administration, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, according to the sheriff's office.

Simmons was arraigned, posted bail and was released this morning. However, he was re-arrested hours later on six more counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree.

He is currently being held in Cayuga County Jail on $10,000 cash, $20,000 bond.

The 14-year-old was released to a parent, according to deputies.

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