Ithaca, N.Y. — A man was arrested and accused of illegally possessing a handgun after police responded to a report of gunfire in Ithaca Saturday evening, according to a statement from the Ithaca Police Department.

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Gary Kurbanov, 22, of Lansing, has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, according to police.

Ithaca police officers were called to the 200 block of South Plain Street for a report of shots fired but found nobody injured and nobody at the scene. But “information was developed regarding a potential suspect” at this scene, according to police.

Later, at around 10 p.m., Ithaca police saw a dispute in front of Chuck’s Mobil gas station at 540 West State Street.

That’s when police took Kurbanov into custody. He admitted that there was a handgun in his vehicle, which police then found, according to the Ithaca police statement.

Police later discovered that Kurbanov was also wearing a bulletproof vest, according to IPD.

Kurbanov was arraigned before the Judge Miller and sent to jail.

Police ask anyone who knows more about the incident to call them at 607-272-3245.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.