Man arrested at rally ‘wanted to kill Donald Trump’

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

A man who was arrested on the weekend after trying to wrestle a gun from a police officer at a Donald Trump rally has told an investigator he wanted to kill the presidential hopeful.

A UK driving licence was found on him upon his arrest, court documents have revealed.

According to court papers, a man called Michael Steven Sandford attempted to take the gun at the rally in Las Vegas because he wanted to shoot the presumptive Republican candidate to death.

The complaint, filed by a member of the secret service, says Sandford had gone to Battlefield Vegas gun range in Las Vegas the day before the attempted shooting, to learn how to shoot a gun.

At the rally, the papers say Sandford approached a police officer and told him he wanted to get an autograph from Trump. He then tried to seize the gun officer’s gun by grabbing the holster and handle of the gun with both hands, when he thought he saw the holster in an unlocked position.

The investigator states Sandford said he had been planning to try to kill Donald Trump for around a year, and had moved to the US one and a half years ago.

When asked why he tried to grab the police officer’s gun, the man replied: “To shoot and kill Trump”. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.