Former MPD Officer Reportedly Arrested Near White House With Lots Of Weapons

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A former Memphis police officer has been ordered to stay behind bars until a preliminary hearing, after being arrested outside the White House Sunday.

The preliminary hearing for Timothy Bates is set for Thursday. The Collierville resident faces a number of weapons charges.

Investigators say he was first stopped for urinating in public near the White House. According to D.C. Metropolitan Police, Bates told a Secret Service agent he needed to speak with the Secretary of Defense and head of the National Security Agency, for “advice on missing paychecks and how to get a dog chip out of my head.”

Secret Service agents say Bates was asked if he had weapons, answered yes, and consented to a search of his car. They reported finding an arsenal in Bates’ Nissan, including several handguns, two assault rifles, and hundreds of rounds of ammo.

Memphis Police say Bates worked for MPD from 2000 until 2013, when he retired for medical reasons. An arrest affidavit states Bates was involuntarily committed for mental health reasons this February, and he was seen behaving erratically by officers in July.

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