ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of one person after a weapons situation at Cayuga Medical Center that took place on Tuesday evening. Nobody was injured during the incident.

According to Lt. Kyle Koskinen, deputies were at the hospital attending to a different matter when they entered the emergency department waiting room after a report of a man with a gun.

Police encountered a large group of people moving away from the “disorderly” person, who was armed. While it is unclear if he was ordered to drop the weapon or not, the suspect did drop a loaded handgun to the floor, which police recovered.

The man, Jaza Abdur-Razzaaq, was then arrested and charged with two counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, for having a prior felony and for the gun’s serial number being defaced.

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