During Traffic Stop, Tennessee Cops Find This

'Every clip was loaded. Every gun was loaded'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2017 12:54 PM CDT
During Traffic Stop, Tennessee Cops Find This
A cache of weapons allegedly found in a vehicle driven by Scott Edmisten is displayed in Johnson City, Tenn.   (Washington County Sheriff via AP)

A Tennessee man is in custody after he was found to have several fully and semi-automatic weapons and more than 900 rounds of ammunition during a traffic stop, say federal police. Scott Edmisten, 43, was spotted driving 55mph in a 30mph zone and sped up to 80mph for about a half mile after police attempted to stop him Monday in Johnson City, police tell Fox13. When Edmisten did pull over, deputies discovered two unregistered rifles that had been altered to be fully automatic, a semi-automatic weapon, a handgun, ammunition, and survival equipment inside his vehicle, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal tells CBS News. "He was ready for something," Graybeal says, per WATE. "Every clip was loaded. Every gun was loaded."

Graybeal says Edmisten threatened an officer on the scene, lunged at investigators when questioned, and has so far offered no explanation for the cache. More weapons and "things that look like explosives with wires on them" were found during a search of Edmisten's home Tuesday, which prompted the evacuation of eight homes nearby, Graybeal tells WJHL. However, the items turned out not to be explosives. A rep from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says officials don't see a connection to the Las Vegas shooting or "any of the other national incidents, but timing obviously was a concern." Edmisten is currently held without bond on charges of possessing prohibited weapons, speeding, and felony evading arrest. (More Tennessee stories.)

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