A Weston man was arrested Saturday, June 1, after allegedly threatening to kill family members.
Anthony Eugene Payne, 50, of Weston, was charged with being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, by Deputy J.S. Tonkin.
The criminal complaint states that Tonkin responded to the area near Stonewall Drive in Weston after receiving information from the Lewis-Gilmer E911 Center reporting that Payne allegedly made a threat during an argument with a family member to go to a storage unit, retrieve a gun, and return to “kill everyone.”
Tonkin states in the complaint that, while responding to the residence, he noticed a vehicle matching the description given, and turned around to follow it. Upon making contact with the suspect, Tonkin reported that Payne told him he had been in an altercation and left to “cool off.”
The compliant cites that Payne informed Tonkin there was a shotgun in the back of the van when he was asked by Tonkin if there were any weapons in the vehicle. Tonkin stated that he removed a loaded single-shot, 20-gauge shotgun that was wrapped in a sweatshirt from the rear of the van.
Upon running Payne’s identification, Tonkin discovered that he had a suspended license, due to failing to appear in Allegheny County, Maryland. After running further background checks, Payne was found to have had multiple felony convictions, including a conviction for assault and battery on a police officer or firefighter from Fairfax County, Virginia, from December, 2006.