Deputies: Bradenton man threatened to shoot neighbor with shotgun

Posted by JASON BARTOLONE on May 10, 2014 

— A man was arrested after deputies say he threatened to shoot his neighbor with a shotgun.

Paul Sams, 43, and his 33-year-old neighbor, who live in the 600 block of 61st Street Northwest, have had an ongoing dispute, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The two began arguing outside sometime around 5:50 p.m. Friday, then each man returned to his respective homes, the report states.

The younger man came outside a few minutes later and saw Sams walking toward the roadway with a shotgun in his hand, according to the report.

Sams "racked the shotgun and made threats" toward his neighbor, the report states. The man took cover and called the sheriff's office.

Sams was arrested, and the shotgun was found inside his home, the sheriff's office said.

Sams told deputies he was a Manatee County teacher, according to the report. That fact could not be immediately confirmed.

He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail on an aggravated assault charge, according to the sheriff's office website.

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