On January 10th, 2019 at about 1:20 p.m., Medford Police officers were dispatched to the Medford Airport for a male who was armed with a handgun, refusing to show identification and requesting to board an airplane.

Upon our arrival, officers learned that the unknown suspect was still at the TSA checkpoint to enter the secure area armed with a handgun in a shoulder holster and requesting to board an airplane. He would not produce identification or a boarding pass.

Officers began talking to the suspect who was uncooperative. One of the officers, trained in hostage negotiations attempted to speak to the suspect without success. Ultimately, the suspect was asked to leave and he refused. Officers attempted to take the suspect 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.

During a search incident to arrest, officers found four loaded handguns, as well as additional rounds of ammunition on his person.

The suspect was identified as Anthony James Anderson, 33 years old. Anderson’s motive is not clear, however, mental illness may be a contributing factor.

The suspect was lodged on multiple charges, including Attempted Assault 1 and Attempted Assault 2, based on his attempt to obtain his firearm during the struggle with the officers


Anderson, Anthony James

33 years old

Address: 700 block of Gilman Road, Medford


Attempted Assault 1, Attempted Assault 2, Trespassing, Resisting Arrest, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Bail: $30,000