Police at night

An Ithaca Police officer's presence on the Commons. 

Update: The attack on a police officer early Saturday morning was a "random, unprovoked act of extreme violence," Chief Dennis Nayor of the Ithaca Police Department said at a press conference Saturday afternoon. 

The assailant's name was Michael Decastro, 57, of Ithaca. The weapon of the alleged assailant, a butcher's knife with a 9-inch blade, has been recovered, according to Ithaca Police. 

Police also reported that the officer who was injured has been released from the hospital. 

Original story below: 

Early this morning just prior to 6:30 a.m. one of Ithaca Police Department's officers was attacked by an individual armed with a large knife inside of the lobby of Ithaca Police headquarters, according to a press release sent out by the department at 8:55 a.m.

This incident resulted in a fatal officer-involved shooting, according to police.

The involved officer sustained minor injuries and is being treated at a regional medical center. The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time.

The Tompkins County district attorney and the NYS Attorney General’s Office have been contacted and are actively involved in this investigation.

New York State Police and the Tompkins County Sheriff's Office are also assisting with this investigation.

"This is an active investigation, and therefore this initial media release only contains preliminary information," Ithaca Police stated in the release. "A press conference will be scheduled later today to provide more details."

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