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Elbridge man charged with attempted murder after shooting wife

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Sherman Cottrill, a 79-year-old resident of Elbridge, New York, has been charged with attempted murder and criminal use of a firearm following a domestic incident where he allegedly shot his wife.


According to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, Cottrill called 911 around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday to report that he had shot his wife, 60-year-old Donna Cottrill, twice at their residence on Kingston Road.

Emergency services swiftly responded to the scene. Donna Cottrill was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse and remains in critical condition. Meanwhile, Sherman Cottrill was taken to Crouse Hospital for chest pains and was kept under police custody at the hospital.

Following the incident, Cottrill was arraigned in Elbridge Town Court on charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree criminal use of a firearm. He was subsequently sent to the county justice center on a bail set at $250,000 cash or a $500,000 bail bond. The case is still under investigation, with the New York State Police and Camillus Police Department also involved in the ongoing response.