Elmira Man Arrested, Charged With Murder

June 18, 2022

ELMIRA – This morning at around 2:55 AM, Elmira Police responded to the 400 block of West Clinton Street for a report of gunshots. Upon arrival to the area, several residents indicated that the shooter had possibly ran into the residence of 424 West Clinton Street.

Officers converged on the location and immediately encountered a male exiting the residence holding an AK-47 rifle. Officers ordered the man to drop the weapon and he did. However police say the man did not comply with follow up instructions and had to be tasered. He was then taken into custody without injury.

Police then cleared the residence and as they did, they located a gunshot victim inside one of the bedrooms. The victim was transported to a local hospital, however succumbed to his injuries a short time after arrival.

A search warrant was obtained and the residence was processed by Evidence Technician Team. In addition to the AK-47 the subject was in possession of, officers located two 9mm Glock handguns, one being a “ghost gun” with a 50 round drum attachment. A Mauser bolt action rifle and numerous clips, magazines and ammunition were also located inside the residence.

According to Elmira Police Chief Anthony Alvernaz, the investigation is ongoing however information obtained so far indicates that this incident started as a domestic dispute over property and that there are no further concerns about potential danger to the community.

Police arrested 42 year old Taiwan L. Dennard and charged him with Murder in the Second Degree, a Class A-1 Felony. Dennard is being held in Elmira City Lock Up pending arraignment in Elmira City Court.

Alvernaz says the victim will be identified once the family has been able to make the necessary notifications. 

The Elmira Police Department was assisted by the New York State Police, Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the Elmira Heights Police Department.