Waffle House shooting suspect's $2 million bond revoked

Glen Norman
April 25, 2018

Police say the 29-year-old man opened fire outside the restaurant with an AR-15 rifle and then stormed the restaurant, wearing only a green jacket.

In this Monday, April 23, 2018 photo, Travis Reinking, suspected of killing four people in a late-night shooting at a Waffle House restaurant, is escorted into the Hill Detention Center in Nashville, Tenn., Monday, April 23, 2018.

Authorities said the suspected gunman, identified as 29-year-old Travis Reinking, remains at large.

Reinking told police - once in Tazewell County, Illinois, in 2016, and again in Colorado past year - that Swift was stalking him.

"We have to protect other inmates from him", Hall said.

On Tuesday, Metro Nashville police said five additional warrants were issued against Reinking, for one count of unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony and four counts of attempted murder.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said Tuesday that Reinking has been "compliant" and "cooperative" since he was transferred to the jail late Monday after he was captured near the apartment where he lived. Reinking is wearing a vest known informally as a "suicide smock" and will remain under close observation at a maximum-security facility in Nashville.

An attorney listed as Reinking's lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The man who snatched an assault rifle away from a gunman at a Nashville restaurant where four people died has told Tennessee lawmakers he faced "the true test of a man", drawing a standing ovation.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Reinking is suspected of opening fire inside of a Waffle House at Murfreesboro Pike.

"I never thought I'd be in a room with all the eyes on me, but you know, I'm very grateful to be here", Shaw told House members. The 29-year-old Reinking, who had a troubled past, said he wanted to meet President Donald Trump. It was the second time in a matter of months that the Antioch community on the city's outskirts was shaken by a mass shooting, following the September attack on a church that ended with one person killed.

And just last week in Nashville, where Reinking had recently moved, he stole a vehicle from a BMW dealership.

Former colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Crane Service where Reinking worked in Salida, Colorado, told a Salida Police Department investigator this week that he was intelligent and quiet, but they anxious about his mental health. However, the sheriff described Reinking's confinement as extremely restricted, and said he has been given clothing designed specifically to prevent self-harm, barred from using utensils, and can only have contact with visitors through video conference. A former co-worker told a Salida, Colorado, police detective Reinking was infatuated with singer Taylor Swift and claimed to be a sovereign citizen. The FBI says sovereign citizens believe they are separate from the US and don't have to answer to any government authority, including courts and law enforcement. IL authorities transferred ownership of the rifle and other weapons to Reinking's father. Four guns, including the AR-15 used in the shootings, were transferred to his father, a procedure allowed under IL law. So the guns were given to Reinking's father, authorities say, on the promise that he would keep them from his son.

Reinking had still not spoken to investigators as of Tuesday afternoon, 24 hours after he was arrested, said Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

Matthew Espenshade, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Memphis division, said Monday that "every federal resource was brought to bear" in Reinking's case after his arrest at the White House and an assessment the bureau carried out.

Phone calls to a number listed for the father, Jeffrey Reinking, went unanswered.

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