The complaint, filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nevada, identified the would-be assassin as Michael Steven Sandford.
Sandford faces one count of attempting to commit an act of physical violence on restricted grounds.
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Sandford, who has a United Kingdom driver’s license, approached a Las Vegas police officer during a rally at the Treasure Island Casino pretending to ask for an autograph, the complaint says.
After noticing the gun was in an unlocked position, Sandford grabbed the officer’s holster and the gun’s handle with both hands, the complaint says.
Sandford “reasoned it would be the easiest way to acquire a gun to shoot Trump,” the complaint says, adding that he “further stated that if he were on the street tomorrow, he would try this again.”
A U.S Attorney’s spokeswoman declined to comment on Sandford’s nationality.
Sandford told a special agent that he had been in the U.S. for more than a year and lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, before traveling to Southern California on June 16 “to kill Trump,” the complaint reads, adding: “Sandford had seen in the news a few days prior that Trump was coming to Las Vegas to speak.”
The day after he arrived, the complaint says, Sandford traveled to a gun range in Las Vegas where, in an effort to learn how to shoot, he fired 20 rounds from a 9mm Glock, the complaint says.
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