A Virginia man with a “non-government issued credential,” a handgun and greater than 500 rounds of ammo was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police on Friday after he was stopped at a checkpoint in downtown Washington, D.C.
Wesley Allen Beeler, 31, was arrested after he allegedly offered officers with what was described as an unauthorized inauguration credential, the Metropolitan Police Department mentioned in a press release.
“The Suspect presented a non-government issued credential, and the officers observed a handgun in plain sight in the Suspect’s vehicle,” Capitol Police mentioned in a press release Saturday. “A search of the vehicle also found numerous rounds of ammunition. ”
Beeler advised police he was carrying a Glock semiautomatic pistol within the heart armrest of his automobile, which was loaded with 17 rounds of ammunition and a spherical within the chamber prepared to fireside, a regulation enforcement source told CNN.
Beeler additionally had 509 rounds for the pistol and 21 shotgun shells within the automobile, a Metropolitan Police Department report obtained by The New York Times said.
Beeler’s household told The Washington Post that the arrest was a misunderstanding and that Beeler works in non-public safety. Police noticed bumper stickers on the suspect’s automobile together with one which learn “Assault Life” and one other that learn, “If they come for your guns, giv ’em your bullets first,” in accordance with The Post.
The arrest comes simply days after National Guard troops had been deployed to Capitol Hill following the Jan. 6 rebel that left 5 individuals lifeless, together with a police officer.
Beeler has been charged with carrying a pistol with no license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition.
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