PORTLAND, ORLAND (KOIN) – An armed man attempted Thursday to pass a security checkpoint at Medford Airport. He was arrested after a brief altercation with the Medford police.
The incident took place just after 1 pm, airport officials said in a statement. The man, identified as Anthony Anderson, had a handgun in a shoulder bag and had neither identification nor boarding pass.
TSA officers contacted airport security, and then the Medford police arrived. Anderson and law enforcement officials struggled on the floor of the airport and during the fight, Anderson seized his gun, officials said.
Anthony Anderson, of Medford, was arrested after apparently having a loaded gun and attempting to pass a security checkpoint at the Medford Airport on January 10, 2019 (Medford Police / with l & # 39; kind permission of Tom Busch)
But the officers withdrew his hand from the gun. Four more loaded handguns and more ammunition have also been found, authorities said.
The checkpoint was briefly closed and an Alaska Airlines flight was delayed by approximately 8 minutes.
Tom Busch of Lake Oswego said he saw the incident unfold while he was at the airport waiting for a flight.
Busch said he heard some agitation at a level below this one. When he approached to watch, he saw "a restless individual walking around his luggage that was upstairs near the TSA check-in area".
Busch said the situation had deteriorated when TSA officers threw him to the ground.
"Removing objects from his body, [agents] threw a semi-automatic handgun ".
The altercation was over in a flash.
"You do not know if you want to run away or keep watching," Busch said. "It's almost a surreal experience, you're a little shocked."
Anderson, 33, faces charges of attempted assault, intrusion, resistance to arrest and illegal possession of a firearm. His bond is set at $ 30,000.
The investigation is ongoing and "mental illness may be a contributing factor," investigators said.