Knoxville — Chad Harold Rupe, 33, of Knoxville, has been charged with two counts of possession of firearms as a felon.
According to court documents, Knoxville Police officers went to the Marion County Jail to meet with Rupe at 2030 on March 25. Rupe was in jail after being charged with theft. Officers had allegedly discovered $500 worth of stolen tools in his possession.
The police had acquired a search warrant for Rupe's home. They needed his wallet as part of the search and asked for his house keys, to avoid damaging the door to his apartment when executing the search.
Officers say Rupe appeared "worried" and said he had something to tell them. Rupe allegedly told the officers that they would find two sawed-off shotguns, a box of ammunition and marijuana inside the apartment.
During the search, officers allegedly did find two shotguns and .03 grams of marijuana. Rupe is charged with possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of firearms as a felon and one count of possession of ammunition as a felon. Rupe has a prior drug conviction on his record.
Two other charges, offensive weapons, were filed by the KPD, but these counts have been dropped. Judge Steve Guiter ruled that there was insufficient probable cause for these charges, due to the police citing the incorrect code section.
A preliminary hearing in this case is scheduled for April 4 at 1:30 p.m.