Man arrested at Pentagon with a loaded shotgun, machete, weed and booze

Elizabeth Howe
August 14, 2019 - 9:59 am



On August 6, 2019, Charles Lawson drove through the night from his home in Pineville, Kentucky to the Pentagon. outside Washington, D.C. with a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, a rusted machete, two pocket knives, marijuana, and a bottle of alcohol. The reason for his trip is unclear. 

Lawson approached Pentagon Police Sergeant Kyle Murdock in the Pentagon south parking lot, telling him he was there for "liberty business." He also told the officers several other things. 

"While talking to Sergeant Murdock, the man admitted that he had a loaded weapon in his vehicle and verbally consented to a search of his vehicle," said Christopher Sherwood, Department of Defense spokesperson. "Sergeant Murdock discovered a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, a rusted machete, two pocket knives, marijuana and a bottle of alcohol and arrested the individual."

Lawson was subsequently arrested and charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm after previously having been committed to a mental institution. 

During processing, Lawson agreed to voluntarily commit himself for a psychiatric evaluation at Arlington County Department of Human Services. 

The incident is currently under investigation.

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