Updated 07/18/2012 08:31 AM
Accused Ticonderoga shooter found dead of apparent suicide
An autopsy has confirmed that the remains of a man found in the woods in Ticonderoga on Monday were those of the same person wanted in connection with a Friday shooting. YNN's Matt Hunter has the latest.
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TICONDEROGA, N.Y. – A three-day long manhunt ended tragically Monday after Ticonderoga police discovered human remains in the woods near the Mount Hope Cemetery.
A Tuesday afternoon autopsy at Adirondack Medical Center confirmed they were those of 45-year-old Jimmy Joe St. Andrews, the same man wanted in connection with a Friday night shooting.
"This was a very tragic end for the families involved in this, but also, there was a lot of relief for the community," Ticonderoga Police Chief Mark Johns said.
According to Johns, shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, St. Andrews approached a group of people gathered behind a Montcalm Street home. Believed to be included in that group was St. Andrews’ estranged wife. St. Andrews allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired six rounds, three of which hit 45-year-old Michael Tyler.
"We do not believe Tyler was an intended victim, but he was the only one who was hit with any of the shells," Johns said.
Tyler remains in stable condition at Albany Medical Center with what are described as non-life-threatening injuries. He was struck in both feet and the abdomen.
According to Johns, this is not St. Andrews’ first brush with violence. Just last month, he was arrested for allegedly attacking Ticonderoga resident Gary Namer outside of the Burleigh House Bar.
"He put a gash over my eye, kicked me in the head and side and just threatened to kill me and then ran off," Namer said Tuesday.
According to court records, St. Andrews was arraigned on two charges late last month, including third degree assault, after being arrested for allegedly attacking Namer.
Prior to his death, St. Andrews was scheduled to reappear at the Ticonderoga Town Court on August 22nd.
"When I heard the news of his death [Monday] afternoon, it was a sigh of relief. I didn't have to keep looking over my shoulders," Namer said.
St. Andrews’ past legal history also includes being convicted and later exonerated of a 2008 misdemeanor charge in Washington County after his 16-year-old son drove drunk and crashed a car, resulting in the deaths of two 16-year-old girls.
Monday's news brings a bitter end to a saga that locals say has left a black hole in the community.
"Being in a small community and everybody's raised in a small community, you know each other,” said Ticonderoga Town Supervisor Debra Malaney. “It's almost like extended family, so it's very personal when something happens to any community member."
"It's a tragedy that should not have happened, this should not have happened. I mean, it could have been prevented, but nobody wanted to help," Namer said.