Update 6:45 p.m. : Ithaca Police Sgt. Melissa Harmon has said that a  man is in custody after allegedly brandishing a weapon at another person in downtown Ithaca Tuesday afternoon.

“There may have been a misunderstanding that we’re going to get to the bottom of,” she said.

The person will be questioned and it is currently unknown if charges will be filed against the man, police said.

Officials said earlier that a gun was allegedly displayed during a dispute between at least two men.

Updated 6:38 p.m.  A man who appeared to be involved in a brief standoff in downtown Ithaca appears to have been taken into custody by police.

Updated at 5:46 p.m. — Police have said that a dispute between at least two people led to one man pulling out a handgun. The man is currently in a building at the corner of West State and North Geneva streets.

Officer Jamie Williamson said, “They have one person detained.”

However, eyewitnesses say the man taken into handcuffs was released shortly later.

Police remain on the scene with guns drawn and the K9 unit.

Update: A Tompkins County 911 dispatcher said a suspect is believe to be or to have been in a building with “possibly a gun.”

He said the details of the circumstance are currently unknown, but police have cleared the area as a precaution.

Police responded to the area of West State Street and North Geneva Street.

ITHACA, N.Y. — Armed Ithaca police officers along with the K9 unit are involved in an incident where a man has been taken into custody on West State Street as of 5:10 p.m.

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The surrounding streets are blocked off in every direction.

It is currently unclear why police are on the scene but they appear to continue to investigate.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.