Elmira polling location temporarily evacuated Tuesday morning amid police situation
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – Police are investigating after a Tuesday morning incident that led to part of a road being closed and a polling place temporarily evacuated in the City of Elmira.
Around 9:00 a.m., officers responded to a home in the 300 block of South Walnut Street for reports of a man threatening to shoot people, including children. Police say the suspect was said to be armed with a “long gun of some kind”.
Upon arrival, officers closed off the area around the home to both vehicles and pedestrians as an inner perimeter was established. Across the street from the home, the Bethany Lutheran Church – which acts as a polling location – was evacuated.
Police say negotiators were able to contact a man inside the home, who later cooperated with officers and surrendered. Tactical officers then entered and cleared the home, finding no other people inside.
Police say a pellet gun was located and secured. They say due to the conditions inside the home, animal control, code enforcement and Child Protective Services were called to the scene.
The area, including Bethany Lutheran, was reopened just after 10:15.
Investigators say they spoke to everyone involved and no arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is requested to call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 737-5626 or leave a message on the anonymous tip line at (607) 271-HALT.