An Ohio man has been charged after authorities spotted him with a gun in an airport parking lot as Air Force One was departing Sunday afternoon.
Joseph McVey, 23, is charged with going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor, Asheville Regional Airport Police Capt. Kevan Smith said. Airport police saw McVey get out of a car about 2 p.m. in the rental-car-return lot with a gun, Smith said, Denver Post informs.
Police say he was stopped before he came anywhere near the presidential plane or Mr Obama. Both airport police officers and the Secret Service questioned McVey before he was taken into custody. He told police he had heard the president was in town and wanted to see him, Officer Kaleb Rice said.
McVey's car was equipped with police gear including a siren, flashing lights, a mounted digital camera in the front window and four large antennas, police Captain Kevan Smith said.
An investigation has been launched into what McVey was doing with a gun and why his car was kitted out with police equipment when he does not work in law enforcement, Sky News reports.