October 23, 2016

Arrested Briton ‘wanted to shoot Trump’

British man arrested in Las Vegas tells police ‘he wanted to kill Donald Trump

Court papers report that a Briton who tried to grab a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas said he wanted to shoot the US candidate

Michael Steven Sandford, 20 was charged with an act of violence “on restricted grounds”.

A federal judge found Sandford to be a danger and risk of non-appearance, and he was ordered detained pending his preliminary hearing.

Standford said he had been planning to try and shoot Trump for about a year but had decided to act now because he finally felt confident enough to do so, court papers say.

He had reportedly tried to snatch the gun after saying he was seeking Trump’s autograph at Saturday’s rally.

Standford will be remanded in custody until a hearing on 5 July.

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