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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Citra woman jailed after allegedly threatening neighbors with gun

A 63-year-old Citra woman was arrested after two of her neighbors claimed that she threatened them with a gun.

On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a local residence in reference to an aggravated assault incident. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the two victims who advised that the incident involved their neighbor, Cathy Tuggerson, according to the MCSO report.

Cathy Tuggerson
Cathy Tuggerson

The victims told the deputy that Tuggerson wanted them off the property, which they have been residing at for several years. At the time of the incident, Tuggerson observed one of the victims returning to the property, and she followed the victim to the front of the residence.

When Tuggerson began confronting both victims outside of the home, they began recording a video of the incident on a cellphone. The victims advised that Tuggerson was holding a silver firearm during the incident and had allegedly threatened to kill them.

In the MCSO report, the deputy noted that the video footage from the victims’ cellphone showed Tuggerson walking up to the base of the steps to their residence. The deputy observed a silver firearm in Tuggerson’s hand and she “waved it around” while telling the victims to get off the property.

As Tuggerson waved the firearm around, the deputy observed that she appeared to point it in the direction of the victims several times.

The deputy made contact with Tuggerson. After being read her Miranda rights, Tuggerson advised that she had posted an eviction notice on the front door of the victims’ residence. She stated that the victims proceeded to move the eviction notice, and they placed a barrier to prevent her from seeing them.

While Tuggerson admitted to having problems with the victims, she denied approaching their home with a firearm. She advised that she owns a silver handgun and she gave permission for the deputy to retrieve it from her residence, according to the MCSO report.

The deputy noted in the report that Tuggerson was wearing the same outfit that was observed in the video. In addition, the deputy observed that the silver handgun that was retrieved from Tuggerson’s home appeared to be the same firearm that she was holding in the video.

Tuggerson was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she is currently being held on $4,000 bond. She is facing felony charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill (two counts).

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, according to jail records.