A retired Tennessee police officer who was arrested near the White House Sunday morning was found to have nine guns and three knives in his car, according to a police report. The man was initially stopped by law enforcement for allegedly urinating in public. He also admitted that he had come out to purchase AK47 rifles but didn’t quite get them at that time.
Secret Service Uniform Division officers approached the man outside an art gallery in the area of 17th street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, according to law enforcement sources and arrest records.
“The encounter with the Man resulted in Secret Service Officers taking investigative action,” the Secret Service statement said.
Timothy Bates, 37, of Collierville, Tennessee, told Secret Service officers he drove from Tennessee to D.C. through the night to speak with Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers, charging documents said. he wanted “advice on missing paychecks and how to get the chip out of my head.”
The man was discovered driving a 2009 Silver Nissan with Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police license plates. After being questioned by law enforcement and admitting to having multiple weapons, according to the report,Officers searched his car and found nine guns — including one they described as a machine gun — a set of brass knuckles, a blackjack and three knives with blades longer than 3 inches. Seven of the nine guns were loaded, officials said.
The Memphis Police Department confirmed Bates was an officer in the city for 13 years before leaving in 2013.
Police brought the suspect Timothy Bates to a D.C. facility for “mental observation.” He was later charged with possession of several firearms at a police station, according to the Secret Service statement.