Sharp obit pic

Dustin M. Sharp

COLLINS — A former Salamanca resident was fatally shot Wednesday in Collins, and a suspect has been apprehended and charged by police.

At approximately 1 a.m., state police and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to reports of a shooting at 12975 Route 438 in Collins, located on the southern border of Erie County. Dustin M. Sharp, 31, of Hamburg, formerly of Salamanca, did not respond to lifesaving measures and succumbed to his injuries on-scene, according to a police press release issued Thursday.

Daryl M. Bland, 22, of Buffalo, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in connection with Sharp’s death. He was arraigned in Eden Town Court and remanded to Erie County Jail.

According to The Buffalo News, Sharp and Bland were described as “acquaintances” by Capt. James Hall of the New York State Police. However, no further details were available at press time regarding the circumstances of the shooting, as a call to a state police press officer late Thursday went unreturned.

In a press release, the Seneca Nation of Indians identified Sharp as a descendant who had died following a gunshot wound to the chest. Although it did not name Bland, the release reported a male suspect was found hiding in a nearby abandoned home by Seneca Nation Marshals.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations is continuing to review the events surrounding Sharp’s death. His obituary can found on page A-4 of today’s edition of the Olean Times Herald.

Anyone with further information regarding the shooting can contact state police at 532-6820.