WASHINGTON D.C. (WYMT) - A Bell County man is facing federal charges after police say they found a gun and other items inside his truck at in a parking lot at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. earlier this month.
Court documents state on August 6th, Charles Lawson, from Pineville, approached two Pentagon police officers and started "making incoherent statements about being in the area for liberty business."
The officers asked Lawson if he had any weapons on him or in his vehicle and he told them he had a shotgun in his truck.
When police searched the vehicle, they found the loaded gun, along with a box of shells, a machete, a green leafy substance wrapped in white paper, two pocket knives and an open bottle of bourbon.
Lawson told officers he had left his Pineville home the night before and came straight to the military facility.
Police took Lawson to a Virginia hospital for a mental health evaluation where they discovered he had been previously hospitalized for mental health issues in the past and was not supposed to have the gun.
Lawson is charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm after having previously been committed to a mental institution.