Shinnecock Indian Reservation Shooting Suspect Arrested


A 21-year-old man who was accused of firing a shotgun at a car while someone was sitting in it on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation earlier this month was arrested by New York State Police on Friday.

State Police said patrols responded to a call of shots being fired on the reservation on November 4, and with the help of the Southampton town and village police departments, they were able to locate a 2010 Nissan Altima that had been shot several times.

The driver of the vehicle, only identified by police as a 23-year-old man, was not injured in the incident.

Tyler Bess, who lives on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, was identified as the shooter, and on Friday morning, turned himself in at the State Police barracks in Riverside, police said.

Mr. Bess was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal use of a firearm, first-degree attempted assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal mischief, all felonies.

He was processed at the police barracks and transported to Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays where he was arraigned and released after posting $5,000 cash bail.

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