Neighbor arrested in shooting death of Port Charlotte man on Corinne Ave.

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A man is in custody following an investigation into a shooting that killed another in a Port Charlotte neighborhood.

James Andrew Gainvors, 36, faces a second-degree murder charge for the death of Matt Hanson. He is being held at the Charlotte County Jail, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting occurred on July 5 on Corinne Avenue. The sheriff’s office said the incident happened at around 1:15 p.m. An ongoing dispute between neighbors led to a single gunshot being discharged and killing Hanson, said investigators.

The sheriff’s office said Gainvors was cooperative throughout the investigation.

“This is the kind of situation in which nobody wins,” Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell said in a statement. “One family is devastated by the loss of their loved one, another family is now navigating the complexities of the justice system and the potential of their loved one serving a prison sentence. I implore you to think about your actions and the impact it could have on those around you. Don’t give in to anger or frustration.”

Ahead of the arrest, Hanson’s family wondered why an arrest had not been made. They were also terrified that this shooting was going to be viewed as a stand-your-ground case.

Although Hanson’s family sees the second-degree murder charge as a small win, they’re also reflecting on the pain, fear, and uncertainty they’ve lived with for weeks.

“We worked together,” said Anjelica Romero, family member. “He literally, he was like, ‘You’re going to have to cut my hours. The summer is coming up, and I got to go fishing with the kids.'”

Even talking about it exposes the intense emotional wounds Hanson’s family still lives with.

“It’s hard to find happiness because I would rather Matthew be here,” said family member Amber Zapf.

For two weeks, Gainvors has continued living at his home directly across the street.

“They already took one person away from us,” Romero said. “Who’s to say they won’t take more.”

Hanson’s family explained the fear they lived with while the investigation took place, but their fear is also paired with empathy.

“It’s a tragedy because not only did it affect our family, it affected the shooter’s family as well. I mean, he’s got young children,” Zapf said.

Hanson’s family said investigators told them to be patient while they gathered and looked through the evidence.

“The first week, I think, was the longest part knowing that we had lost him and somebody wasn’t in jail,” Romero said.

And although they’re closer to justice, Hanson’s family is doing their best to remember the man they love.

“It’s just heartbreaking what happened,” said Jay, family member. “Nothing can replace. No one, anything can ever replace Matt, and he’s forever going to be in all of our hearts.”

Gainvors is behind bars, where he’s being held without bond. He will have his first court appearance Thursday morning at 9.

Hanson’s family said they plan on being there, along with each court appearance after that.

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