Tupper Lake Health Center reopened after brief lockdown

Man whose comment was seen as potential threat taken to hospital for evaluation

The Tupper Lake Health Center is seen in December 2018. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

TUPPER LAKE — Adirondack Health’s Tupper Lake Health Center was locked down for a short time Wednesday as officers located a man who they said had made a comment that was interpreted as a threat.

The man made the comment during an office visit Tuesday, according to village police Chief Eric Proulx. The fact that he had recently tried to buy a gun added to police concern.

“While conducting their investigation, the department received a call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that the individual in question had attempted to purchase a firearm three days previously,” according to a press release from Adirondack Health.

The health center and Adirondack Health’s Mercy Living Center nursing home across the street were locked down around 11 a.m. Wednesday. Both were reopened shortly after 12:50 p.m.

Proulx said the man has been transported to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake for an evaluation.

(More information will be added to this report as is becomes available.)