A court documents filed on Tuesday in Las Vegas showed that a British man, attempted to take a police officer’s gun and use it to kill Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump at the Treasure Island Casino campaign rally on the weekend.
Investigator said that Michael Sandford claimed that he was seeking an autograph from Trump, before attempting to seize a Las Vegas police officer’s sidearm from its holster at the Trump rally Saturday at the Treasure Island Casino.
He said Sandford was taken into custody after the unsuccessful attempt to grab the officer’s gun.
The investigator said that it was not clear from the court documents how the attempt was foiled or how close Sandford got to the candidate.
He said further that Sandford, who was found to hold a British driver’s license, confessed that he had opted to try to seize the officer’s gun, because he saw that as the easiest way to acquire a weapon to shoot Trump.
He said that his statements to the police, detailed in the court documents, indicated that Sandford had been planning to kill Trump for about a year.
The investigator disclosed that the man confessed that he had been in the U.S. and trailing Trump for one and a half years, living in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Meanwhile, police said Sandford also “revealed that he made conscious effort to come to Las Vegas to kill Trump.
Police said he had not been successful in Las Vegas, he therefore planned to try again at another rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
Police also confirmed Sandford’s claims that he had visited a gun range the day before the Trump rally to practice shooting a 9-mm Glock pistol “for the purpose of learning how to use it.