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Man arrested at rally “wanted to assassinate Trump”

Michael Steven Sandford being arrested

A man who was arrested after attempting to grab a gun from a police officer has said his intention was to shoot US presidential candidate Donald Trump in Las Vegas.

Court documents show Michael Steven Sandford, 19, and possibly English, attended a Trump rally on Saturday evening at the Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas. Here it’s alleged he walked up to a police officer and claimed he wanted an autograph from Mr. Trump.

It was here that he allegedly attempted to grab an officer’s gun because it was in an unlocked position and, according to Mr. Sansford, was the most simple method to shoot Donald Trump. He was arrested shortly after this attempt and led out of the rally by multiple officers.

Photo: Gage Skidmore
Photo: Gage Skidmore

Mr. Sandford told police of his plans to shoot Mr. Trump and claimed he had been planning to do so for over a year, but decided to act at the rally because he “felt confident.”

A UK driving licence was found in his possession and police were told he had been in the United States for just under two years. The Foreign Office has been notified and a spokesman said: “We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas.”

The papers state that Michael Sandford had not fired a firearm before and attended a firing range on 17 June in Las Vegas in order to learn the basics of handling a gun.

Photo: Gage Skidmore
Photo: Gage Skidmore

Plane tickets were found for Phoenix where Mr. Trump is due to hold another rally shortly. Sandford claims that had he failed at Las Vegas, he would have attended the Phoenix rally and “tried again.”

Americans will be going to the polls on the 8 November to elect a new president. The presidential contest has caused political and social divide, with Mr. Trump receiving a lot of media attention.



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