"Gun Enthusiast" Charged With Manslaughter And Negligent Homicide In Tarrytown Case

The latest information from the DA's office.



An Elmsford man described as a ‘gun enthusiast’ was charged this week with felony manslaughter in the second degree and criminally negligent homicide in connection with a 2013 shooting death, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

In a statement Tuesday, the DA’s office said Eric Gaulin, 25, was charged with the death of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Megan Bookstaver, a Long Island resident. Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the DA’s office, said Wednesday that at the time of the incident Gaulin was living in Tarrytown with his parents.

Last Labor Day, Gaulin and Bookstaver went shopping at the Palisades Center Mall in Rockland County with a mutual friend, where they purchased a hunting rifle and ammunition, according to the DA’s report. The group returned to Gaulin’s Tarrytown home where, at 4:20 pm, Bookstaver was fatally shot in the face by one of Gaulin’s rifles. Tarrytown police and EMS responded to a 911 call placed at the house, but Bookstaver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bail for Gaulin was set at $50,000 cash or bond. The next court appearance for the case will be on April 23rd, 2014