BREAKING: Travis Reinking apprehended moments ago in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk. pic.twitter.com/00ukga37s6
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 23, 2018
The Metro Nashville Police Department has just announced that they now have Travis Reinking in custody.
There were no further details released, but there were reports of shots fired by the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ earlier today.
The man on the lam after being suspected of shooting up a Middle Tennessee Waffle House is a self-styled “Sovereign Citizen” who was arrested last year for trespassing at the White House.
The 29-year-old gunman from Illinois was reportedly a member of the anti-government extremist crowd and was apparently involved with the Secret Service last July, after he told agents he needed to see President Trump and had a right to inspect the White House grounds.
According to USA Today, the FBI claims Sovereign Citizens “believe that even though they physically reside in this country, they are separate or ‘sovereign’ from the United States.”
The gunman’s bizarre attack is indicative of mental illness, as he had previously threatened an individual with a rifle before going to a public pool and exposing himself. In addition, he had also threatened to kill himself and said he thought singer Taylor Swift was stalking him.
In 2014, a survey of law enforcement by the National Consortium For the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism found officers perceived these individuals as “the greatest threats to their communities,” more so than Islamic extremists.
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