Ten weapons found in car leaving downtown Knoxville, KPD says

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Published: May. 31, 2020 at 7:17 PM EDT
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A Tennessee man who was arrested and charged with possession of firearms and narcotics in Downtown Knoxville over the weekend is suspected of having had "malicious intentions," police said.

KPD officers said they have concrete reason to believe 20-year-old Dakota Gifford had malicious intentions connected to the events that took place over the weekend in Market Square.

Police stopped Gifford around 1 a.m. Sunday leaving the Market Square Garage after several businesses were vandalized and an officer was injured during what Knoxville police described as a riot.

During a search of his car, police said they confiscated six handguns, two shotguns, and two rifles.

According to arrest warrants, Gifford told police he was just walking around and had come to Market Square to skateboard. Police said Gifford did not have a skateboard in his possession.

KPD said it has not yet determined why Gifford had so many guns or what his intentions were.

Gifford is charged with Possession with Intent to Sell Schedule I, Possession with Intent to Sell Schedule II and Possession of Firearm During Commission of Dangerous Felony.

Gifford is being held on a $90,000 bond.

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