Columbia Police Department (CPD) investigators have arrested a 64-year-old man accused of pointing a gun at a group of people during a peaceful protest in downtown Columbia yesterday.
Today, Walter Peter Matulis, Junior was arrested at his Gaston, S.C. home and charged with Pointing and Presenting a Firearm at a Person. He was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center (ASGDC) after an interview with an investigator.
Yesterday, (July 10, 2020) Matulis allegedly pointed the gun at the victims who were peacefully protesting for Black Lives Matter at the 1200 block of Gervais Street.
Matulis who was driving a silver Kia Rio is accused of initially displaying a rude gesture at the victims, then words were exchanged between the two parties. When the light turned green, Matulis allegedly stopped in the middle of the roadway and pointed a gun at the victims.
One of the victims managed to capture the incident on video which aided the investigation.
All persons arrested/charged are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.