Webb Aide Arrested

March 26, 2007

An aide to Senator Jim Webb was arrested Monday when he entered a Senate office building with a loaded pistol, Capitol Police said.

Webb's office identified the aide as Phillip Thompson. A statement released by the office said, "To our knowledge, this incident was an oversight."

A Capitol Police spokeswoman said the aide was charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition.

The weapon was discovered when the aide went through an X-ray machine at an entrance of the Russell Senate Office Building, said police. They said he had a loaded pistol with two additional loaded magazines.

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