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Armed Orlando man accused of threatening Seminole High teacher during football game

Arresting deputies found a gun on Matthew Caulfield.

SEMINOLE — A 28-year-old Orlando man was arrested Friday night for threatening a teacher with a gun during a Seminole High School football game, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The incident took place at 8:51 p.m. Matthew Charles Caulfield confronted a group of Seminole High students in the parking lot at 8401 113th St. N during a football game against Dunedin High School.

Caulfield "was exchanging words with and provoking the students," according to a sheriff's report. A Seminole High teacher who overheard the argument then got involved.

That's when Caulfield revealed that he had a handgun in his pants, deputies said, and threatened to shoot the teacher.

Pinellas deputies who were at the game then arrested Caulfield. He had a .40-caliber pistol, according to the Sheriff's Office. Caulfield did not know the teacher or students, deputies said, but alcohol may have played a role in the incident.

Caulfield, of 3800 Donna Lynn Lane, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a school employee, carrying a concealed weapon, armed trespassing on school grounds and possession of a firearm at a school-sponsored event.

He was being held Saturday in the Pinellas County Jail with bail set at $32,500 bail.