UPDATE Lockdown lifted at Diven Elementary School

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A lockdown has been lifted at Diven Elementary School in Elmira, according to police. 

The lockdown was initially put on the school as a precautionary measure due to the proximity to the crime scene. 

At about 11:25, Tuesday morning, the Elmira Police Department received a call from two individuals who said a male pulled a handgun out and threatened them. Patrol units responded and set up a perimeter in the general area of East Center Street and Grand Central Ave. 

Both individuals who made the initial call were secured and are in the process of being interviewed at the detective bureau. 

Currently, other units are searching the residence where officers say they saw a suspect run into. One handgun has already been located. 

The lockdown in the neighborhood was lifted at around 1:20 p.m. Captain Anthony Alvernaz said there is no public threat right now. 

This is an active investigation. Police ask for anyone with information to contact the Elmira Police Department through the anonymous HALT tip line: 607-271-HALT.


Upon request of the Elmira Police Department – Diven Elementary School is currently on lockdown, according to school district officials. 

Officials are telling our reporter on the scene that Elmira Police are looking for a man with a handgun suspected to be in a house just a few blocks down from near Division Street and Halls Lane. 

This story is developing.  Stick with 18 News online and on the air for updates as more information becomes available.

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