An Ithaca man was shot dead by police early Saturday morning (December 21) during a hectic incident that began when he entered the IPD headquarters on E. Clinton Street and attacked an officer with a knife.
Law enforcement officials held a press conference yesterday afternoon at the State Police barracks in Dryden to offer more details to the public.
The subject has been identified as 57-year old Michael DeCastro, an Ithaca resident, who officials say entered the station around 6:30 a.m. and attacked the first officer who approached him with a nine-inch, butcher-style blade.
DeCastro was immediately shot by police and pronounced dead at the scene.
The unnamed officer was treated at a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries and has since been released.
Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor says the entire sequence of events lasted less than 30 seconds and was captured on surveillance camera, the footage from which has not yet been made public.
Investigation now continues as police attempt to come up with a motive for the attack.
Anyone with information that could help them do so is urged to contact the IPD Investigations Division at (607)-216-3230 or the anonymous tip-line at www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips.
If prompted to leave a message on the phone number listed above, please do so and an investigator will re-contact you.
Information that may assist with the investigation could include any prior statements, actions, or suspicious behavior that may have been demonstrated by DeCastro leading up to the incident.