March 28, 2024

State Police investigate a drive-by shooting in Westville, NY

State Police investigate a drive-by shooting in Westville, NY
press release

On March 27, 2024, at approximately 3:38 p.m., Troopers out of SP Malone responded to a drive-by shooting on State Route 37, in the town of Westville. Preliminary investigation determined the suspects’ vehicle to be a 2003 red Buick Le Sabre with two occupants, traveling on State Route 37.  While traveling westbound on State Route 37, the suspect shot the victims vehicle multiple times and an uninvolved vehicle causing damage to both vehicles.  The suspects’ vehicle fled the scene. No one was injured from the incident.  Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.

The suspect was identified as Ian M. LaRock, age 24, of Malone, NY, passenger in the vehicle .  He was arrested and transported to SP Malone for further questioning.   Investigation revealed the weapon used in the crime, to be a black and blue imitation BB handgun. LaRock was charged with Assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, Menacing 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd, Reckless Endangerment 2nd, and Criminal Mischief 3rd.

LaRock was arraigned in the Town of Westville Court where he was remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash/ $20,000 secured bond.

This is still an active criminal investigation.