Shots fired: Police arrest Saugerties man in bizarre shotgun incident

At 06:24 a.m. this morning, Saugerties Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the Citgo Mart at 3 Mount Airy Road in the Town of Saugerties. According to the initial caller, someone was shooting, and the Citgo Mart was being hit by shrapnel. Police received an additional call reporting a burglary, home invasion at a Rt. 32 residence located directly across from the Citgo Mart. Upon the arrival of officers, Tyrell J. Schleede reported that unknown assailants attempted to break into his residence and that he armed himself with a .20 gauge shot gun and began shooting out the windows and through the walls of the residence at would-be robbers.

An investigation conducted by police in addition to a search of the area by officers resulted in no evidence in support of Schleede’s account of events. Officers believe that shortly after Schleede’s girlfriend and three-year-old child left the residence this morning, he loaded a .20 gauge shot gun and began shooting up the residence. Shots were fired through the front living room window, bedroom windows, kitchen window, and the front door to the residence. A total of thirteen rounds in all were discharged from the shotgun, with at least one round being discharged through the front of the residence across the road, striking the Citgo Mart.

Schleede was arrested and processed at Saugerties Police headquarters on the felony charge of criminal mischief in the second degree; in addition, misdemeanor charges of  criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth-degree (Schleede has a past felony conviction and by law cannot possess any type of firearm); reckless endangerment in the second degree; criminal possession of a controlled  substance in the seventh degree (cocaine); and discharging a firearm over a public highway and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence.


Schleede was arraigned in the Town of Saugerties Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.