Salt Springs man jailed after brandishing gun when served court papers

Matthew James Anderson

A 26-year-old Salt Springs man is being held in the Marion County Jail on $35,000 bond after he allegedly brandished a shotgun at two women who served him with contempt of court papers in reference to child support.

Matthew James Anderson, 24985 NE 132nd Lane, was charged with display of a firearm during a felony, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and two counts (one domestic) of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

One of the victims told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that she responded to Anderson’s home at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday with the other victim and two witnesses because Anderson had a prior domestic-related incident with the other victim in Volusia County. She said she contacted Anderson to let him know she was coming, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The other victim said once Anderson received the documents, he became irate and walked inside, grabbed a pump-action shotgun, and pointed it at both victims. She said she jumped into the passenger’s seat of the other victim’s vehicle because she was in fear of being shot. The two witnesses provided similar accounts of the incident, the report said.

After being read his Miranda warning, Anderson said he didn’t have a firearm during the incident. When told that the victims and witnesses said they observed a pump-action shotgun in his possession, Anderson changed his story and said he pointed a BB gun at the victims. He said there were numerous long guns in the home, but then claimed he had no knowledge of the firearms, according to the report.

A criminal history search revealed Anderson pleaded guilty in Volusia County in February to possession schedule II narcotics. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, and he’s scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Aug. 13.