Man Cited After Guns, Ammo Found In Truck At Local VA Identified
By Rachel Cox
November 15, 2013
The two citations issued after police at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center in Temple found guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition in a truck parked illegally outside the facility name Philip Scott, U.S. District Court Clerk Mark Borchardt confirmed Friday.
A hospital spokeswoman said Friday Scott is no longer employed at the hospital, but would not say what his job was there.
A Philip Scott is listed on the hospital’s online medical staff directory as a board-certified psychiatrist and child and adolescent psychiatrist and Texas Medical Board online records show that a Philip Scott with the same degrees from the same institutions and the same certifications was earlier employed at the Central Counties Center for MHMR Services in Temple.
A 2011 community mental health centers directory lists Philip Scott as the medical director at the center.
Calls to the center Friday were not returned.
A hearing is scheduled before a federal magistrate on Dec. 6 at Fort Hood, Borchardt said Friday.
An investigative report obtained earlier by News 10 through the federal Freedom of Information Act detailed the weapons found on Oct. 2 inside the a silver 2008 Honda truck that was in a no parking zone on Teague Place Road behind building #202.
Police contacted the owner of the truck after an officer spotted several boxes of ammunition on the rear seat, and he gave officers permission to search the vehicle.
The man’s name was redacted from the documents released to News 10.
The search turned up a Smith and Wesson Air Lite .357 revolver with a laser grip, a S&W .45 APC Thunder Ranch revolver with a sure fire flash light, a Colt Army special .38 revolver, a S&W DA .45 revolver model 1917, a S&W .45 revolver model 1950, a Browning 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with magazine, a Makarov 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with magazine, a Hecklre and Koch semi-automatic 9 mm with magazine, and a S&W .45 revolver model 1989.
Officers also found 5,883 rounds of various brands and calibers of ammunition and a Karshaw knife with a 5.25 inch blade.
A loaded weapon and some ammunition were found in the cab of the truck and the rest of the weapons and more ammunition were found stored in a locked compartment under the bed of the truck, documents showed.
The man told officers he has a bad back that made it hard for him to carry all of the ammunition and guns to and from his home, the documents showed.
The weapons and ammunition were seized and stored as evidence and the truck’s owner, who wasn’t arrested, was cited for possession of a firearm on federal property and for possession of ammunition on federal property.
The Central Texas VA system expressly forbids firearms or weapons on any VA-controlled property except those carried by certified law enforcement officers in commission of their duties.
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System Public Affairs Officer Deborah Meyer declined last week to identify the man involved in the incident, but said then that the man was no longer an employee of the Temple VA.
Meyer could not say if the incident was the reason for his termination of employment, but did confirm the weapons were confiscated and he was given citations.
Meyer said the incident led to the implementation of unspecified procedures at the Temple VA Hospital campus.