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Manatee teacher arrested for threatening neighbor with shotgun

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Sams, 43, was booked into the Manatee County Jail just after 6 p.m. Friday night. Sams, 43, was booked into the Manatee County Jail just after 6 p.m. Friday night.
BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) - A Manatee County middle school teacher was arrested Friday after he threatened his neighbor with a shotgun.

Paul ‘Matt’ Sams is facing one count of aggravated assault with a firearm. He was booked into the Manatee County Jail where he is being held on a bond of $5,000.
 
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Sams, 43, is an ESE Language Arts instructor at W.D. Sugg Middle School in Bradenton.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to the 600 block of 61st St. Northwest just before 6 p.m. in response to a neighbor dispute call. The report states Sams and Casey Shoots had a verbal dispute in front of their homes before both men went back inside.

Shoots, 33, came back outside a few minutes later and observed Sams walking up the roadway with a shotgun in his hands. The report states that the suspect ‘racked the shotgun’ and made threats in the direction of Shoots.

The victim quickly took cover and called 9-1-1. Sams was questioned and arrested after deputies found the weapon shoots described inside his residence.

Investigators say Friday’s incident was triggered by an on-going dispute between the two men. Sams has been employed by the Manatee County School District since September 2011.

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