A 19-year-old British man has been detained and charged with attempting to seize a police officer’s gun at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas in an apparent bid to kill the Republican presidential nominee on Monday.
Michael Sandford, a British national, said he had driven from California to Las Vegas to kill Trump and had been to a firing range the day before to practice as he had never shot a gun, court documents said.
“Sandford acknowledged that he would likely only be able to fire one to two rounds and stated he was convinced he would be killed by law enforcement during his attempt on Trump’s life,” the complaint said.
It added that Sandford told investigators he had purchased tickets for a rally in Phoenix, where he “would try again to kill Trump” in the event his plan in Las Vegas failed.
Michael Sandford has been ordered held without bond following his arrest on Saturday at the Trump rally. Sandford also admitted that he had purchased tickets for another rally in Phoenix, where he would try again to kill trump in the event if his plan in Las Vegas failed.
Sandford will appear in court for a preliminary hearing on July 1. And, If he is found guilty on charge of “act of violence on restricted grounds.”