A Riverhead man is facing a gun charge after he was found to have a loaded Colt .45 handgun in his vehicle last night, Riverhead Police said.

Police responded to a report of a dispute and gunshots fired on Osborn Avenue last night at about 10 p.m.

Upon arrival officers were advised that a person in a white Chevy SUV had been in dispute with a cab driver and his passengers. While the SUV was leaving, several gunshots were fired from the vehicle, witnesses told police.

Police were able to locate a vehicle matching the description on Doctors Path.  The vehicle was being operated by Eric D. Ross, age 24, police said. An investigation led to the recovery of a loaded Colt .45 caliber handgun in the vehicle, according to the police report.

Ross was arrested and processed at Riverhead Police headquarters. He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree for operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Ross was arraigned today in Riverhead Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail, police said.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.