Man arrested at Medford airport with bag of guns
Update 1/11/2019: Anthony Anderson was arraigned Friday and now faces one felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon and misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, trespassing and resisting arrest. His bail was increased to $100,000, and he will be ineligible for release due to overcrowding.
Anderson is set for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.
Medford Police arrested 33 year-old Anthony Anderson after he allegedly showed up at the security checkpoint at the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport with a bag of guns, wanting to board a flight.
The incident occurred at 1:20 p.m. Thursday, according to Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau. Part of the airport was evacuated and Medford police were called to the scene. Anderson was still at the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint when officers arrived.
Budreau said agents from the TSA told them Anderson did not have identification or a boarding pass. "He was wearing a shoulder holster with a handgun that everyone could see," Budreau said. "He also had a bag with multiple firearms and ammunition."
According to Budreau, all of the guns involved were loaded.
Officers began talking to Anderson, who was uncooperative. MPD used a an officer trained in hostage situations to try to talk to him without success, according to Budreau.
Ultimately, Anderson was asked to leave and he refused. Officers attempted to take the him into custody for trespassing, and the suspect resisted. During the struggle, the suspect reached for his firearm, but officers were able to pull his hand away from the gun and get him into custody.
"We're very fortunate this wasn't a deadly force situation," said Budreau.
No one was injured in the incident.
According to police, Anderson's motive was not clear, however, mental illness and/or drug use could be a contributing factors.
This was not the department's first run-in with Anderson.
In January of last year, Budreau said they confiscated numerous firearms from him due to concerns over his mental health.
Several months later, Anderson got them back.
"We could no longer legally keep them from him," said Budreau.
Anderson is lodged at the Jackson County Jail. Medford Police have charged Anderson with the following:
- Attempted Asault 1
- Attempted Assault 2
- Trespassing, Resisting Arrest
- Unlawful Possession of a Firearm