KY man drives to Pentagon with shotgun, machete

A Kentucky man, previously admitted to a mental institution, was arrested after driving to the Pentagon with a shotgun and machete.

Charles Lawson, of Pineville, arrived at the government facility on the afternoon of August 6 and approached two Pentagon police officers and made incoherent statements, according to

Police then questioned Lawson who said he had come to the Pentagon to attend to “liberty business.” He also told the officers he had weapons in his vehicle and that he had been drinking.

During a search of Lawson’s vehicle authorities found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, an 18-inch machete, knives, a box of ammunition, a bottle of Jim Beam, and marijuana.

He was arrested and charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm. Lawson was then hospitalized at Virginian Hospital Center for a mental health evaluation. Doctors told police Lawson had previously been diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia and had expressed suicidal intentions.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

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