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British Man Tried To Take Officer’s Gun To 'Shoot And Kill Donald Trump' At Rally

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British Man Tried To Take Officer’s Gun To 'Shoot And Kill Donald Trump' At Rally

A 20-year-old British man has been detained and charged with attempting to seize a police officer's gun in order to commit an act of violence against Donald Trump, according to authorities.

Michael Steven Sandford was arrested at a Las Vegas rally on Saturday. He allegedly told a US agent that he had driven to Vegas from California in order to kill the Republican presidential candidate.

Court papers claim he approached police at the event saying he wanted Trump's autograph. He then "attempted to seize the sidearm of Officer Jacob by grabbing the holster and handle of the firearm with both hands."

According to The Telegraph, when asked why he had tried to grab the weapon from the officer, he replied simply: "To shoot and kill Trump."

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The Briton, who did not enter a plea when he appeared before a judge in Nevada, faces more than 10 years in prison and a $250,000 (£170,000) fine if convicted. He was denied bail.

When asked about the arrest of Mr Sandford, a Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are providing assistance following an arrest of a British national in Las Vegas."

Words by Sian Broderick

Sian Broderick
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