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British Man Arrested at Trump Rally Said He Wanted to Kill Candidate

  • Chris Hannas

police remove protestor Michael Steven Sandford as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, June 18, 2016.

police remove protestor Michael Steven Sandford as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas, June 18, 2016.

A British man was arrested Saturday in Las Vegas for what the Secret Service says was an attempt to kill Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A complaint filed Monday in federal court says Michael Steven Sandford drove across the country last week to attend a Trump rally at the Treasure Island Casino where he tried to grab a gun from the holster of a Las Vegas police officer who was providing security.

"Sandford claimed he had been planning to attempt to kill Trump for about a year but decided to act on this occasion because he finally felt confident about trying it," a Secret Service agent wrote in the court document. No motive is mentioned.

Sandford told authorities he had never fired a gun before last Friday when he went to a Las Vegas gun range to learn how to shoot.

He also said that if he were released from custody he would try again to kill Trump, and that if he had not acted in Las Vegas he had already made plans to try again at a rally in Arizona.

The complaint says Sandford "was convinced he would be killed by law enforcement during his attempt on Trump's life."

He is scheduled to appear in court on July 5.

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